Interestingly, in vs9 Paul says he serves God ‘with his spirit’. It is one thing for me to serve God practically by ‘doing’ something physically… it is quite another to submit my spirit.
The spirit can refer to the breath, the vital or essential part of a man or the soul. In other words, Paul serves God with his whole self, with the very core of what makes Paul, Paul. Paul withholds no part of himself from God.
Am I serving God with my whole self or am I roping off parts of me and saying God can’t have this? Do I trust God with the parts of me that make me, me? Do I trust that He won’t exploit me or destroy me? Do I trust that the one who made me and calls me His daughter, knows how to partner with me?
God, help me to serve you with all that I am, holding nothing back. Amen.
Written by Bethany Waugh