{Romans 12:1-2; NLT}

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

It comes down to this: God’s best is available only to those who sacrifice, or are willing to sacrifice, the merely good.  If we are satisfied with good health, responsible children, enjoyable marriages, close friendships, interesting jobs, and successful ministries, we will never hunger for God’s best.  We will never worship.  I’ve come to believe that only broken people truly worship.  Unbroken people—happy folks who enjoy their blessings more than the Blesser—say thanks to God the way a shopper thanks a clerk.

Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, p. 57

Questions to Consider:

  • Why is it important to sacrifice our dreams and desires?
  • How have your dreams been an obstacle to following Jesus?
  • Why is brokenness essential for true worship?
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