Giving our lives to Jesus Christ is not just a one-time event, but more like an ongoing process. Every day we have a fresh opportunity to say, “Yes, Lord Jesus, I am yours”.
Despite the precious opportunities we have to connect with God, we are easily distracted by the busyness of life and neglect to spend time in prayer. Sometimes we share our plans for the day with God, plans we already have in place, calendars that are filled with appointments of our own making. We ask God to bless our plans, instead of offering our days completely for God’s use.
I encourage us to turn to God completely every day. This will be our congregational focus during the month of May. Make a new commitment to Christ and offer ourselves completely and utterly to Jesus. “Lord, I am yours!” We will focus on prayer. We will learn to pray more deeply and offer everything to God. Together we will invite God into our lives – to use us, break us, search us and send us.
When we offer our hearts and lives completely to God, we can expect God to use us in new and powerful ways. Hold nothing back. Offer it all to God. Offer our calendars to God and let God fill them. Offer our bank accounts to God and let him guide the use of our financial resources. Offer each hour of the day to God and let him guide our time. Offer our relationships to God and let him bless them and work in them. Offer our gifts and talents to God and allow him to make our lives rich and fruitful. Offer our homes to God and let him put the space to use. Offer our voices and allow God to speak through us. Offer our physical bodies to God so we will be Christ’s hands and feet serving in the world. Offer all of our resources to the Lord, so that everything at our disposal is given completely and utterly to the kingdom of Jesus Christ. There is power in our humble offering to Jesus. Lay it on the altar. See God’s Holy Spirit take, bless and multiply what we offer.
John Wesley, the 18th century founder of the Methodist movement in England, encouraged followers of Jesus Christ to frequently renew their covenants to God through Jesus Christ. This was usually done in an annual Wesleyan Covenant Renewal Service. In that service a beautiful prayer was prayed, the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer. We are going to pray this prayer daily during the month of May. We will hand out “I am Yours” prayer cards on April 30 and the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer will be printed on the back. Together we will invite God to utilize all of us – we are the Body of Jesus Christ. Lord, we are yours!
Wesleyan Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but Yours.
Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will;
Put me to doing, put me to suffering,
Let me be employed for You, or laid aside for You, exalted for You, or brought low for You;
Let me be full,
Let me be empty,
Let me have all things,
Let me have nothing;
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine, and I am Yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in Heaven.
Please join us for our next sermon series “I am Yours” April 30 – May 21. “Lord Jesus, Use Me, Break Me, Search Me, Send Me. I am not my own, I am yours.”