I give myself away DAY 4 of 40

I give myself away so You can use me.

We have been singing a song the past couple of weeks in church (lyrics at the bottom) and it has really been working on my heart.

I think I've believed I had given myself away because of different things I have done that I considered sacrifices (Africa, trailer park ministry, youth minister, teacher).

These were big leaps of faith that yes, I was faithful to trust God and do even though I didn't feel prepared, equipped, or even a desire to do them at first. Each of those decisions dramatically changed my life course, but perhaps by giving myself away in these things I'd consider "big", I'd lost focus of the details.

As we've sung this song over the past few weeks the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and convicted me of how I've kept parts of myself from the Lord. The daily parts. The small parts.

Every moment of everyday needs to be put in the Lord's hands so that we are one with Him and His desire and will for our day. You never know what person needs the light that is inside of you. The people we pass on the street, the students in my classroom, the teachers in the lounge, the people at the grocery store. If all of me was given away, how many more opportunities would I have to minister to those around me?

I have to humbly admit to you that my life has not been completely crucified with Christ. Jessika's flesh has come and made itself present in the daily routine of life and in that opportunities to be an impact have been missed. I praise God that He is a redeemer and forgiver.

When we tell God that we are all His we should expect to be out of our comfort zone, to be inconvenienced, and of course to see God move. When I die and Christ lives through me lives should be changed, miracles should take place, the presence of God should go with me wherever I go.

What happens? routine, life, society, socialization. We get into a routine of life and find what makes us comfortable to do what we think will make us happy. I challenge you to give yourself away. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you areas that you have continued to grasp and not freely hand over to the Lord to use as He pleases. Allow yourself to be clay in the Potter's hands. Then watch as God uses you to advance His kingdom by changing lives.

"Lord I'm longing to see, Your desire revealed in me"

We need to get to the place where we say "God not my desire, not what I want for my life, but simply what You desire for me and from me"

Be Blessed,
J.Tate

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Chorus:
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me

Verse 1:
Here I am
Here I stand
Lord, my life is in your hands
Lord, I’m longing to see
Your desires revealed in me
I give myself away

Verse 2:
Take my heart
Take my life
As a living sacrifice
All my dreams all my plans
Lord I place them in your hands

Bridge:
My life is not my own
To you I belong
I give myself, I give myself to you