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An illuminated heart…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God‘s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.” 
-Romans 12:1

Jesus didn’t come to the world to be served, but to serve. Everything Jesus did was in service to others. People hated him and gossiped about him and mocked him. They beat him, crucified him, pulled his beard, and poured vinegar into his mouth. Only one of his twelve disciples showed up at his crucifixion. That same day, he was denied by Peter, his right-hand man.

Nonetheless, Jesus changed everything. He changed everything.

And so, as we think we want God’s calling upon our lives, are we willing to sacrifice? God needs each of us to become a different kind of person before he calls us into a different kind of living, calling, or vocation. It requires sacrifice, trust, and dedication.

This kind of life, this kind of dedication, this kind of purpose and vision brings the human heart to illumination. It elevates us to be the people that we were born to be.

That’s joy. That’s fullness. That’s fulfillment to know that what we want is the Lord’s work to be done. We want what he wants. That’s the real kind of life. That’s how to really live – for something bigger than ourselves.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help my plans to be your plans. Illuminate my heart with your vision for my future so that I may live my life only for you. Amen.

Reflection: As you pray for God to illuminate your heart with his vision for your future, what thoughts come to mind?

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