Every week around the world, people gather together in community to worship the Lord. Every week they gather to sing together, to pray together and to hear from God’s Word. Worship is an integral part of a believer’s life and faith – but sometimes we need a reminder that worship is more than Sunday morning gathering – it is a way of living.
In Romans 12: 1 (NIV84) we read, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”
As we read these words from the Apostle Paul, we hear an invitation to enter into worship of the Lord with everything we have and everything we are.
Have you ever considered that how you live your life, how you perform your work and how you interact with others can be an act of worship to the Lord? That’s not always the first thing that comes to mind when we think of worship, is it? Yet, Paul urges his readers to worship by offering their very bodies - their lives, their entire self - to the Lord. Every act we do and every word we speak, when we strive to live holy lives, pleasing to God, becomes our spiritual act of worship.
Now, this is not always easy because we are often torn between our own desires for the things of this world and the call to submit our lives to God. Indeed, we don’t always act in ways that are holy and pleasing to God, and we often want to use our time, talents and treasures to benefit ourselves more than we want to use them for the benefit of the Kingdom of God.
Yet, as the Apostle Paul tells us, when we are willing to live our lives for Christ, to sacrifice our own desires for the Kingdom of God as we seek to follow His will, that is an act of worship pleasing to the Lord.
In what ways are you seeking to offer your worship to the Lord today?
This article was originally published in The EMMC Recorder Vol 59, No. 4