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. (Romans 12:1)
This week we turn our attention to the Disciplines of Worship and Fellowship. As we reflect on our theme for this year, Our Identity, there are some important lessons we have already discussed in the first 16 days of our 40 days journey. These lessons include the following:
- The Bible is our identity manual (Bible Study).
- Spiritual Warfare often involves an attack of our identity. The armor of God provides offense and defense.
- Effective Prayer requires authenticity – God knows everything about us anyway.
- Fasting isn’t about getting what we want by giving up things, it is about submitting all that we are to God (obedience).
I must again thank our commentators who all contributed to these lessons.
Now we turn to Worship, and the passage above is a great place to start. Romans 12:1 presents a very demanding definition of true and proper worship, involving a lot more than what is commonly defined as worship.
Please prayerfully reflect on the Bible verse.
Something to think about:
What are some of the practical ways you live out the definition of worship presented in Romans 12:1?