How to Worship [Romans 12:1 Daily Devotional]
“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.”
The Apostle Paul, the author of this letter to the Romans, is laying out how to worship. In light of everything God has given us, it’s only reasonable that we give everything back to him. We truly and properly worship when we offer everything we have and serve God.
Worship can be music, but it’s not always music. It’s important to note that there are other ways to worship God than just listening to your local worship leader singing a few songs. It starts with serving others.
There are at least two ways to present yourself as a living sacrifice. The first is by serving others. Paul writes that we should “offer our bodies,” which, to me, means that we’re supposed to use the bodies God gave us to do his will. God’s will is to make disciples and to love others. We can do both of those things well by serving our neighbors.
The second is by developing yourself. Paul’s next encouragement was to not just offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, but for that sacrifice to be “holy and pleasing” to God. To do that, we have to do more than serve others but to take care of ourselves. Practicing your craft, studying the Bible, and developing yourself spiritually through prayer and other spiritual practices are great ways to take care of yourself and develop yourself as a follower of Jesus.
Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice. Because of what you did, I’m able to live a full life, not weighed down by sins and mistakes. Help me to develop myself into a holy and pleasing living sacrifice. Give me the strength to serve my neighbors and take care of myself. It’s in your name I pray, amen.