“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. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2
Sometimes I wonder if I really know what true worship is. I can easily get so blinded about this fact because I LOVE music. I love any type of music, but I especially like worship music. To me it’s someone giving me the words that I can’t quite express to invite God in for just a little taste of His presence. Most of you reading this that know me know that I usually never lack for words unless I’m trying to verbalize something that is important to me or if it’s something I feel strongly about. I get all emotional and start bawling and can’t get anything out…for real. It’s crazy.
I think I get so caught up in the fact that I don’t know the words to say to invite an encounter with Jesus that I just sometimes forget to ask for it. Also, I tend to lean towards the line of thinking that I can only really invite an encounter with Jesus when I’m listening to worship music. I’m trying more and more to remember just to start early in the morning and invite Jesus in everything I do because everything I do belongs to Him anyway. I believe He just wants to be a part in every part of our lives…not just during worship music.
“Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” I think this verse works in perfectly with the whole theme of our blog here. I think we’re conforming at home, at school, at work and at church…at least I do. I think more often than not I’m content to play the part, to just kind of fake it through and see what happens. Why? Not only do I do a complete disservice to myself, but to everyone I encounter along the way. I do no one any good.
But what if I decided not to conform, but to offer my body as a living sacrifice? Do I know what that means? I’d like to sit here and tell you that I do, but to be completely honest, I don’t think that I do. What I do think that I know is that worship has to come from a hunger for something more, a hunger for love and grace and mercy, which translates into a hunger for more and more of God.
Can you imagine if “The Church” got just a little bit of this fire? What if we stopped playing church and started being the church and showing God’s love and grace to everyone, not just those we think are deserving? What if we went out of the church doors Sunday morning after church and after having a powerful worship experience and continued that throughout the week?
Forget about the “we.” What if I did that? What if I quit bartering my birthright away for temporary gain? What if I loved without the walls that I put up to protect myself? Did Jesus have walls up? I don’t think he did. If he had built up walls, then he wouldn’t have had enough wood to make His cross.
Father, my prayer is that You help me to tear down the walls that keep me from being all that you have in Your plans for my future. Help me to learn to love like You love and see like You see. Break my heart for what breaks Yours, Father. Your name is Glorious. Your love is changing us, calling us to worship in Spirit and in Truth till all creation returns to you.