The Sacrifice of Worship

Worship, Our expression to God of how much we love, adore, admire and wonder Him. Paul writes about worship in Romans 12:1 saying “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers (and sisters), by the mercies of God, present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” I don’t think it is unfair to say that Christians have adapted an understanding of worship to be what we encounter in our services, given in the form of music. Whether a traditional format of organ and hymns, or contemporary with a full band. Paul, however, presents a different way to engage in worship. He is not encouraging us to sing out our lungs. Paul urges us to live our lives as an act of worship. This is our words, what we say to one another and it is also our deeds, the things that we do for others, ourselves, but above all else, it is our words and deeds for God.

We choose to worship. Worship is a choice; you and I are people of free will. This means that God will never force us into an action or decision. The same is true with worship. When we approach worship, whether at a service or in everyday activity, we have the decision to bring our hearts, soul, mind and strength to a place where we bring glory and honor to God. Maybe the reason you do not experience God in worship is that you don’t choose to engage in worship? Let me encourage you, Each time you have an opportunity to worship, proclaim these words out loud, “God right now I come and seek to experience you in this moment.”

Graham Kendrick says it like this:

“worship has been misunderstood as something that arises from a feeling which ‘comes upon you,’ but it is vital that we understand that it is rooted in a conscious act of will, to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Jesus did not go to the cross on a whim, an emotion or impulse. It was an intentional decision; similarly, our worship needs to be intentional.
Your value on worship can be measured. Remembering that worship is an intentional choice we make, then the measurement of the value you place on worship would be measured by what you are willing to sacrifice. In the same passage (Romans 12:1) Paul calls us to be living sacrifices. What are you willing to sacrifice? Are you willing to sacrifice 10 mins to listen to someone? Are you able to buy a loaf of bread for the homeless person outside the shop? Are you willing to sacrifice the image you have established for yourself to share the good news of Jesus? When you choose the instruction and obedience to Jesus’ words, you, in turn, show the value that you place on worship.

Therefore let me encourage you to live a life of intentional, worship-driven sacrifice, so you may know the smile that God smiles on you as he proudly calls you one of his children.

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