“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.”
When most people think of this word [worship], we probably think of singing and lifting our hands in praise. That is generally the way people express worship and definitely a great way, however, it is not the only way.
Paul writes in Romans 12:1, that true and proper worship is by offering our bodies (ourselves) as a living sacrifice. What Paul is talking about, is that we should offer our lives (the life that we live) to be used by Jesus for His glory which in turn is for our good. Something that is sad but true in our culture these days, is that many people only worship God one day a week (maybe two if they attend a Wednesday night service). However, as Paul points out, we can be and should be worshiping God seven days a week by living a life that is holy and pleasing to Him.
Now don’t get me wrong, none of us are perfect and none of us can always 24/7 live a life that is constantly pleasing to God. Although while we can’t, someone did and that someone is Jesus Christ. It is because of the perfect life He lived we are able to be reconciled with God. Paul mentions in the verse above “in view of God’s mercy”. He is talking about the mercy we are shown because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and for that, we have a reason to worship God every single day both by the way we live and with singing.
If you are reading this, you are offered that mercy from God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is no one that is out of reach of His mercy. All you have to do is accept it and believe in Jesus. Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your hear that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” So I want to ask, are you worshiping God by the way you are living? May we all strive every day to live in such a way that worships the God who gave His Son that we may have life with Him forever.