1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
God gave all He had to us, that we would not suffer death and damnation for eternity. He created us. Why then, would He not see to it that we had all we needed to survive, including grace?
Someone once said, "Why did God create sin if He loved us?" God did not create sin. God allowed sin. There is a difference. And, had He not allowed sin, then what choice would we, as human beings have but to love God?
I read on the internet all the time about how Americans are discontent with a government that forces them to do what the government deems as good, as opposed to what the individual citizen believes is good. Individuality is being attacked in America, and many Americans are standing up against that. Had God not allowed sin into the world, His children would not have the knowledge of knowing good from evil, and they would worship God because that is all they knew to do.
A child who is abused by his mother grows up loving his mother because that is all he knows, until he sees how good the neighbor's kids have it, and learns that there is a better way.
Before there was light, there was darkness and chaos. Sin always was. Just like God always has been.
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
It is natural that without light, darkness will prevail. Darkness, evil, sin, has always been. God's very existence conquered it. When God came, it was impossible not to notice Him in the midst of all the chaos. He was LIGHT. His very existence defeated the dark.
God created a world where there was no darkness until one being decided to bring that darkness into His creation. So, God gave man a choice, because He did not want people to love Him out of ignorance: Choose ye this day whom you will serve!
As for me and my house, as Joshua said, we will serve the Lord!
To serve the Lord means to give all you have to the Lord, and let Him use you as He sees fit. It means being the hands and feet of God as He created you to be. It means showing others the love of God even when you would rather not. It means going against your desires to be what God created you to be and do, a creature that glorifies God.
It seems like a big sacrifice to make, to give your whole body as a living sacrifice to Him. But, once you make that decision, you will find that God will have the time of your life! You don't REALLY live until you live for Jesus!