“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.[a]2 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
– Romans 12:1-2
Do you know how to please God? True Worship! Paul tells us that true worship is Holy and pleasing to God. We are created to worship God. He is worthy to be praised and it says in Romans that we worship him by presenting our bodies as living sacrifices to the Lord. What does that mean to be a living sacrifice? It means that we sacrifice our own selfish desires or agendas and put God first in everything we do. Not only is it pleasing to God, but it is what will truly fulfill our own lives.
To worship means to give worth to someone or something, “to see worth”. When we worship at church, we are singing and expressing our adoration to the one who is most worthy. Praise and worship go beyond just singing in church. How we live at school, home or work can be worship as we do it unto the glory of the Lord. When we take our “Next Step” and serve in the church, it is also an act of worship because we are becoming living sacrifices. Worship is an attitude that motivates every action of our lives.
Aren’t you thankful that God knows we are weak and we will not always be obedient to him? It’s during those times we come to him and ask for forgiveness. He loves us enough to forgive us and restore us. I have two boys Jordan and Brandon and even though there were many times they disobeyed me, I always, with open arms forgave them and longed to hear them say, “Daddy, I love you.” God longs for us to turn to him and say, “Father, I love you.”
Christianity cannot be an “add-on” to our busy lives. We must set aside time in our day to spend time with our Father and renew our minds. This way we are able to discern what is good, pleasing, and God’s perfect will.
Pray: Dear Lord, I do love You and desire to truly worship You not only on Sunday mornings but today as I live my life. I ask You, Lord, that You renew my mind today so that I’m able to discern what Your will is for my life. Thank You for being such a loving and gracious Father. In Jesus’, name, I pray. Amen.
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