1 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. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1 – 2)
For many years, worship for me was synonymous with the singing segment of a church service. And, some of the church language I used helped to reinforce that view. Terms such as “time for worship” (is there a time that is not for worship?), and “worship songs” (are some of the songs not worship songs?). I know I am being a bit picky because the terms are probably fine in context. However, you can see how we can develop a narrow view of worship if the broader Biblical view (lifestyle of submission to God) is not understood. I am emphasizing this point because if worship is no more than an activity or experience, we will not materially impact a world in need.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and consider the questions below.
In what ways do we practically offer our bodies as living sacrifices to perform true and proper worship?