Today’s Reading : Romans 12: 1-2
“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.” Rm 12:1
As we saw yesterday, worship is more than just singing and praising. It’s even more than a ‘lifestyle’. It’s actually a condition of our hearts – what are we giving ourselves to?
In reality, we live in a constant state of worship. Sadly often that worship is directed at the wrong people / things. Celebrity worship is very common in our culture, maybe for you it’s ‘money’ or ‘material things’. We can even worship good things that God has given us like our families, putting them before God. The biggest idol is often ‘self-worship’ where I’m all that matters, looking out for No 1, my comfort, my success, my happiness.
What are you worshipping / giving your life to?
What would it look like to be a ‘living sacrifice’ in our day-to-day lives (this is what Romans 12 calls’ true and proper worship’)?
Here’s how the message version puts it:
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. ” Rm 12:1
• Sing a song of dedication to God e.g. “Here’s my worship” (Philip Thomson); or “Simplicity” (Rend Collective). You can find these on YouTube.
• Discuss how can I live my life as an offering to God today?