08 Jan Day 4: Spiritual Worship
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Romans 12:1).
What is our spiritual worship? In the Old Testament, sacrificial offerings were how God’s people worshipped Him under the law. A sin offering, like a spotless lamb or a young bull, was the way to be made righteous and to receive forgiveness of sin. The sacrifice (the worship) produced forgiveness. But now brothers and sisters in Christ, the forgiveness we have received by repenting and believing in Jesus’ living sacrifice on our behalf is what produces our worship through the Holy Spirit. As children of God, we now live by the Spirit who dwells in us, guides us, and produces the fruits of righteousness. Our spiritual worship is not just the songs we sing together on Sunday mornings, but a daily surrender. Three takeaways:
- Remember Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on your behalf. Have you truly received this gift of grace, have you embraced His unconditional love for you? And having truly rested in this grace, are you now offering yourself to Him out of a redeemed heart or rather out of debt to God? Ask the Lord to examine the motives of your heart here, and remember He is your Father in Heaven who is abounding in steadfast love over you.
- Actively surrender your time, your money, your resources, your plans, and your body to Him- today. Present yourself as an offering to the Lord, a living sacrifice, with what He has given you right now. What does your spiritual worship look like today? The way you get your kids to school in the morning, catch that Metro, serve that hot coffee, witness to that co-worker, or conduct that meeting can all be your spiritual worship today. Galatians 2:19-20 says, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
- Our Sunday gathering is not a landing place but a launching pad. Imagine if every member of the church was living each day of the week as a means for spiritual worship instead of just another hurdle towards the weekend. However monotonous or meaningless your days may feel like, remember that if we walk by the Spirit then nothing is impossible with God.
- Praise God for the wonderful news of the gospel, which from it we can see our living sacrifices as our spiritual worship!
- Pray that our church will be filled with spiritual worship on Sundays, and to the rest of the week.
- Ask God that our city will be filled with spiritual worship through the living sacrifices of our church.