Sunday Morning Word: I Gave Myself Away

“Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

Romans 1:32 (NIV)

I got up early for all you Sunrise Service goers who ain’t trying to stay up in church all day. Hey, USA plays Portugal today. We have to get back home and prepare for the World Cup watch party!

Anyway, today’s poem, “I Gave Myself Away,” comes from spoken word poet, S. Chelsey Shaw. I like this poem because I feel like I could easily be the speaker. This poem deals with the struggle we Christians go through in trying to give ourselves completely to God while living in this sinful world full of temptation that constantly tells us that things clearly deemed wicked in the Bible is OK, and rewards us for doing it.

I myself am guilty of saying, “Oh, yes Lord, I’ll give myself fully to You, but let me commit this sin real quick!” It sounds crazy when you hear it out loud, but that’s pretty much what we’re asking God when we party, drink, do drugs, fornicate, etc. all night Friday and Saturday, and come to church running, jumping, screaming, and speaking in tongues on Sunday with all the other actors who were with us the night before.

We are the example for nonbelievers of who God is. Maybe other people in church will fall for our act, but they won’t, and although, when we ask for forgiveness and honestly dedicate ourselves to Him, God will take us back  because He loves us, we may have lost a fellow sister or brother in Christ when we turned away a sinner searching for spiritual healing with our act.

As you listen to this poem, ask yourself, have you given yourself completely to God?

By the way, I’m kind of feeling the music at the end. I’m not a fan of Christian rap. I’m not trying to praise God to the same beat I just heard “g’on pop that p*ssy, girl!” to. I just don’t think that’s right. This song, however, was quite catchy!

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