1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. -Romans 12:1-3
Real worship is my acknowledging God’s great love for me, by my loving Him back with my actions and reactions! Out of His great love for me, God has chosen to give me mercy, grace and forgiveness! Because of all that He has done for me, I give Him my life – lived for Him and for His glory! God has been so good to me and I want to serve Him and I also need to serve Him, so that I might express my love and appreciation for all that He has done is doing and will do for me!
Because of God’s mercy, I offer my body as a living sacrifice. A sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God – this is my spiritual act of worship. I give myself to God, it is a day by day and moment by moment choice! It is not always easy, but it is necessary for me to live the great life that I was created to live – a life that gives glory to God and shares blessing with man!
I have to be careful not to conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of my mind. The temptation I face everyday is the temptation of being shaped by this world. This is why I spend time in His Word every morning, seeking to allow it to renew my mind! It’s not about what I can do for myself, but what God can do in, to and through me!
Lord, Help me to get my worship right! More of you and less of me! I love you and I am so thankful that you are in my life!