True Worship

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 NIV]

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Romans twelve is such a great blueprint of how to live as a Christian. This statement Paul starts with sums it all up. In light of God’s mercy — in everything we do and say we must always keep in mind just what the Lord has done for us, that alone should keep us humble. But, how do we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice? The chapter goes on to expand on this, and our sacrifice is living a life contrary to what the world teaches.

We’ve all heard the phrase “the most important person in the world — you”. Well, according to the Scriptures we are to honour others ABOVE ourselves, living a life of love and service to those around us, enemies included.

We are advised not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. Pride has no place in the Kingdom of God. Each of us has our own particular gifts and talents and we are to use them to glorify the Lord.

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Verses twelve and thirteen say, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Joy, patience, faithfulness, generosity, peace. These are all the traits we are to exhibit in our lives as our true and proper worship. They show the work of the Holy Spirit in us.

Finally, Paul ends with “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” I love that. It is easy to watch the news and look around at the world and feel overcome by hopelessness. But, if we do our best to fight the bad in the world with the ‘good’ in us (which is Jesus), that is all that is asked of us.

Which of these aspects do you find it easiest to live by? Which do you find a real challenge? We all have room for improvement.

Published in: on 5th June, 2012 at 10:00 am  Comments (1)  
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  1. So true, about the room for improvement in all of us! For me, I need to work on patience in affliction. In my search for quick solutions, I look for the way out of trouble, when I think God wants me to persevere and grow through whatever He has allowed.

    We’re studying Romans in our home group this year. Meaty and chewy stuff there!


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