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S SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 12:1

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Early American mission organizations did not allow single women to serve overseas. But in 1823, Betsy Stockton knew she was called to follow God’s way at all costs. After gaining freedom from slavery, Stockton was taught theology by her former master, the Reverend Ashbel Green. With a strong sense of God’s call on her life, she applied to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. To her amazement, a post was available. Betsy agreed to her assignment as a lowly domestic servant to a missionary couple.

Serving in the independent nation of Hawaii, Betsy became the first single female Protestant missionary to travel overseas. Because of her education, her work expanded from household duties to conducting a school and providing teaching and training to the local people. Eventually, she traveled back to America, opening a school for Native Americans and planting a church for African Americans that continues to flourish today. Betsy, a woman, a former slave, menial laborer, pioneered a new path for the Gospel because she was willing to look beyond the world’s ways and live God’s way.

The Apostle Paul calls each of us to the same commitment in today’s passage from the twelfth chapter of Romans. He exhorts all believers “...present your bodies a living sacrifice...” in an act of worship to God. When we recognize all we are and every part of our life belongs to Him, we begin living God’s way. Our part is to understand that we are stewards of all He has entrusted to us. Every dream, every spiritual, emotional, and material resource, must be presented to Him as a daily act of surrender and worship.

As you consider your part in the Beyond journey, allow God to show you how He would have you commit these resources.

T THINK record your observations from the verse(s) above

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E ENGAGE personalize how you will apply the verse(s) to your life

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P PRAYER

Father, I come into Your presence today acknowledging that it’s all Yours. Everything I have, everything I am or ever hope to be, belongs to You. I joyfully surrender my life to You today and ask You to use me for Your glory. I pray today for my Thrive Chapel family, that as a church our only desire would be to live a life of faithfulness in this region. In Your name, Amen!