Read Romans 12:1-2
It’s the Greek word thusia. “(A)n official sacrifice prescribed by God; hence an offering the Lord accepts because offered on His terms.”
So when we read the command to present our bodies to Him, to surrender the very seat of our physical selves to God as living sacrifices, we can be sure it means He wants our every act along with each intention. We offer our bodies to God on His terms. Humbly realizing who He is that accepts our feeble giftings.
So when we notice the people with car trouble in the Walmart parking lot, we remember whose we are and we serve Him like we’re His. Even as we hold loosely our lists and our plans for a quick stop to just grab a few things. We let God interrupt our agendas in worship of Him.
When we get home after a long day at work and our kids are wild and the garbage is overflowing and the dog needs fed, we remember God’s mercy, and we offer Him our everything, tired and all. Living sacrifice.
Worship might lift its hands high in full surrender, or it might bend its knee low in humble submission. It might mow the neighbor’s yard or change a child’s diaper.
In all truth, when we focus on who God is, what He’s done and what He’s worth, everything about the way we live and move becomes the worship God commands of His children. The worship He deserves.
Worship is not just a well-dressed choir with beautiful voices. It’s accepting God’s terms and running with them full-force with everything we are, in honor of Him.
When we do what God wants us to do, we worship God. That’s what it means to “offer our bodies as living sacrifices.” When we look for ways to help other people and show them Jesus’ love, we actually celebrate Jesus!
Jesus came to earth so we could know God. He arrived as a baby in the middle of a stable full of farm animals so we could realize how much God loves us. So we could know what He wants.
Because of that, we have lots of reasons to celebrate Him! Because of Jesus, we can know how to serve God and celebrate Him by the way we live.
How will you worship this week?