a devotional by Roger Tahtinen
When you think of worship what do you think of? Usually we think of the praise and worship time of singing at church.
Although this is a form of worship, there is a form of worship we don’t often look at…
Romans 12:1 tells us “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship”.
Let’s take a closer look at this verse.
Therefore = Why does the word “therefore” start this verse? We need to look back to Romans 11:30 which tells us that God has shown mercy on us, in spite of our sin. So, “therefore” or because of God’s mercies, we then owe it to him to live out of that mercy. We should be merciful to others.
I (Paul) beg = Paul was passionately begging the church at Rome to live out the mercy God has shown. It is also a reminder for us, too, as believers.
Present = This is like a soldier in his dress blues. The soldier presents himself with a perfectly pressed uniform and looking his best. We are called to present ourselves holy, set apart for God’s service.
Our Bodies = You ALL of you…physically, mentally, spiritually.
Living holy sacrifice = give up your personal plan and live out God’s plan. Trust me it is a better plan. Submit yourself daily, forgetting yourself and living for God. Being Holy is being set apart for God’s use.
Acceptable = God wants your best. The sacrifice in the Old Testament was to be the BEST lamb, one without blemish (Exodus 12:5). Romans 12:2 tells us how we can give God our best: by “not conforming to the world, renewing your mind, and live out God’s will for your life”.
Spiritual service of worship = It should be for spiritual reasons we serve/worship. In this passage Service and Worship are the same word. Your translation might only say Service while others just say Worship. Your service IS your worship.
Now, after studying what some of the words/phrases mean; read the verses again and see how you can apply them to you and your current situation.
Serving is the form of worship we often overlook. We are to be serving Christ in EVERYTHING we do. We worship Christ every day in everything we do. Are you worshiping well? Ask God how to improve your worship by improving your service.