Living a Life of Worship

Keith Crosby 

"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. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:1-2

People have all kinds of ideas about worship. Some refer to the music we play or sing during the worship services at church as worship. Some think that the praying we do is worship. Some think of the preaching a pastor does on Sunday or Saturday as worship. Others think of the tithe we give each Sunday or the benevolence offering we leave in the back of the worship center after a communion service as worship. Still others think of the serving we do as worship. How do you think of worship? How do you define worship? The reality is that every single thing we do is worship. All of this is worship. Even carefully listening to a sermon is worship. Everything we do or say is worship. Let that sink in for a minute or two.

In Romans 12:1-2 we learn a great deal about worship. Because of God’s mercies toward us (forgiveness, salvation, spiritual healing, etc.), we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices (v. 1). The verse goes onto say that this is our “spiritual service of worship.” Other translations say either “this is your reasonable service of worship” or “this is your minimal service of worship.” However you read it, we learn that how we live our lives is worship. Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice speaks to giving our whole persons over to worship as a sacrifice to God. Verse two sheds more light on the subject: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Verse two amplifies or reinforces the idea of living a life of worship. We are not to allow ourselves to be shaped, or conformed, to this world. Instead, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. We are to live transformed lives. That’s part of being a living sacrifice. How do we do this? By renewing our minds. Verse 2 gives us even more insight into what worship is: “that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” When we try things out; we “test” them (i.e. testing). We discern whether they work or not. Doing God’s good and acceptable and complete (or perfect) will is a large part of worship.

It seems that worship is living a life given over to God’s will. That’s worship and worshiping God. But if we conform to the world we end up worshiping the world and its ways, which is not God’s will. We end up worshiping the wrong things and other gods.

Worship is doing the opposite of being conformed to this world. Worship involves renewing our minds and living renewed lives. This is our spiritual service of worship. With renewed minds and transformed understanding we live transformed lives, according to the will of God. So what?

Every thought we think, every word we say, and every single thing we is an act of worship. In other words we are, at all times, living lives of worship. We worship every waking hour of every day. I guess the problem is that sometimes we are worshiping God and other times we might find ourselves worshiping the World, ourselves, or someone or something other than God. That’s mindboggling isn’t it!?

"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. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:1-2

Paul is appealing to the reader to stop and think about how they live, talk, and do. He wants them to know, understand, and do God’s will. That’s worshiping God with their whole life. How can you worship God in this way? Certainly, you can read your Bible so that you can know God better and worship-serve Him more fully and intelligently (with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength). For example, when someone hurts or offends you before you speak or react you can ask yourself, “Is what I’m about to say or do going please?” Or, as you prepare to read something, visit a website, or download an app you can ask yourself, “Will this action bring me closer to God?” Just stopping to ask these questions is worship.

Last and not least... our Easter Outreaches are approaching. You can help in the plant giveaway---we need at least 300 plus volunteers. You can invite people to church---yes, that’s worship, too. You can volunteer to help out in any of our Easter Week outreaches (call the church office or go to the website).

At the end of the day, remember that every day you live is an opportunity to present your body and mind, your whole person, as a living sacrifice---this is worship. Worship is living a life conformed to the will of God (found in the Word of God). Worship well!


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