| || Thought for May 20, 2003 : Romans 12: Living Sacrifice |
Main Themes: Seeing through God?s mercy. Sacrificial living. Committing to God?s call of service in your life!
Discussion: Have you every wondered just how to actually ?do? worship? The text in Romans 12:1 is an often used segment of truth meant to clarify and explain how we actually ?do? worship. In the context of the book of Romans, Paul clearly meant the verse to bridge from the previous 2 chapters of description of God?s patience, salvation and mercy, into the following chapters of Romans that explain service, community and praise. The bridge between ?being? and ?doing? in this Christian life can only be crossed through true worship. True worship is the bowing of our hearts and bodies in complete abandon sacrifice to Christ?s will. It is the laying down of our wills, because we are convinced of His mercy, and know we can trust Him. Being convinced, He now asks us to lay down, not just our eternal destiny after death, but our current actions and thoughts in this life! From such a yielded heart comes true service that is a pleasing offering to God. Paul said it this way:
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. (Romans 12:1)
Are you ready to follow Paul?s call into a life of service, not based on your goodness or gifting, but based on God?s mercy? Are you ready to give your life away to Christ in daily ongoing acts of true submission of your will? Are you willing to truly worship?
REFERENCE: ROMANS 12
The Worship Thought was written and Copyright ? 2003 by Kim Anthony Gentes. Used by permission.