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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, ‘What is it, lord?’ So he said to him, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.’”—Acts 10:4 (NKJV)
It’s easy to look at our lives as being our own. Actually, it isn’t easy . . . it’s inevitable! Inevitable because the world, the devil, and our own sinful nature are constantly conspiring to make us think this way.
“That paycheck, it’s yours to spend however you want to. Those possessions, they’re yours to enjoy whenever you choose. This body, it’s yours to use and indulge until your heart’s content.” I mean, who doesn’t just wake up and automatically think like that?
I’m sure you know there is a “but” coming, and here it is: but God reveals to us that our lives are not our own. We don’t exist for ourselves. Our bodies, our possessions, and even our paychecks don’t really belong to us. All of who you are ultimately belongs to God.
That’s a radical concept for us to accept, yet we see it underscored time and again throughout God’s Word. Our lives and what they produce are depicted as being offerings to God, not to ourselves.
We see this in the passage above in the Book of Acts as the prayers and alms of a centurion named Cornelius were accounted by the Lord as an offering. We see it in the material gifts the Philippian church sent to Paul (Philippians 4:18). We even see it on the cross as Jesus offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice to the Father for our sins (Ephesians 5:2)!
Truly, our life isn’t ours. We belong to God (Psalm 24:1). We exist for God (Revelation 4:11). The fruit of our lives isn’t meant to reside or rest in our own laps, but to be offered up to the Lord as something He would accept and approve of.
Our paychecks are to steward in the way the Lord would want. Our possessionsare to enjoy with the understanding that they’re gifts from God, who deserves thanks and praise for His great goodness. And our earthly bodies are to be used in an obedient manner that honors our Heavenly Father.
When we fully embrace the fact that our lives and all they consist of are to be an offering to God, it will change the way we live. And this change will lead to a life far better than any other!
DIG: What’s the wrestle when it comes to our perspective on our lives?
DISCOVER: Why is it important to see our lives as not our own?
DISPLAY: How can you cultivate a more offering-oriented life?
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.