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Giving of oneself

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The submission of the self to the will of God, in thanksgiving and service.

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Jesus Christ’s self-giving as an example to believers

1 John 3:16 ESV
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
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Why self-giving is reasonable service to God

God’s people belong to him by creation

Deuteronomy 32:6 ESV
Do you thus repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?
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God’s people belong to him by redemption

1 Corinthians 6:19–20 ESV
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
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All good things are given by God

1 Chronicles 29:14 ESV
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
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God’s people giving themselves

To God

Romans 12:1 ESV
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
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To one another

2 Corinthians 8:5 ESV
and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
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To holy living

Romans 6:19 ESV
I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
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To the service of God

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
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To a life of self-denial

Luke 14:33 ESV
So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
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To martyrdom

Daniel 3:28 ESV
Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.
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Rewards of self-giving

Matthew 10:39 ESV
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
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The giving of thanks

Psalm 50:23 ESV
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
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