True Worship Plain & Simple!!! (Part 2)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Yesterday in our study of Worship, we spoke about the elements of True Worship. The first of which was (W)itnessing. Today we will speak about the next element in our true worship.
In our text we see that we should present our mortal bodies as a sacrifice to God. In another place in the scriptures we read that we should die daily. Wait! Isn’t this a contradiction? No, it actually isn’t. Lets look at these verses in context:
A. Living Sacrifice – Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” This text talks about our daily walk with God and living holy and pleasing to Him. In fact, if you look at this verse you will read the following:
- present your bodies a living sacrifice – This denotes that our sacrifice is not by fire but by free will submission to God’s will.
- holy – characterized by separation unto God.
- acceptable unto God – This means that God sets His seal of approval upon your life.
- which is your reasonable service – God gave His life for us, the least we can do is live holy for Him.
B. Die Daily – I Corinthians 15:31 “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” This verse talks about Apostle Paul’s willingness to surrender his will to the will of the Father. Additionally, Apostle Paul is plagued by his own personal struggles to do right when he really doesn’t want to, in his flesh.
- Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
- Isn’t it interesting that Paul said that in his flesh, there is no good thing! The same goes for us as well. We should NOT lean upon the flesh for worship because it will make us excited and happy but not please God.
- Romans 7:19 “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”
- Don’t we all struggle with this? We try to do good but find ourselves doing wrong over and over again.
- Romans 7:20 “Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”
- We all have a sin nature that we struggle to keep in subjection. If we don’t keep this sin nature in subjection, it will put us in subjection. We are either the drivers of our faith and walk with God or our sin will put us in the backseat without control of our own destiny. We will be along for the ride unable to control the consequences and our destiny. Where are you sitting in the vehicle of faith?
- Romans 7:21 “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.”
- You will find that when you attempt to do the right thing, you will soon be confronted by evil on every side.
Here is the principal for the day from this devotional. To sum it all up here is the application:
We need to offer our own living mortal bodies as a tangible sacrifice to God by living in a holy way that would please Him. After we have made this offering to God, we need to keep this offering pure so that He will continually accept it. We do this by dying daily to our own selfish desires to sin and live a life pleasing to God. In order for God to except our living sacrifice, we must ensure that we keep it clean while it is in His presence! God’s job is to accept the sacrifice, our job is to keep the sacrifice acceptable! Offering is an important part of worship that must be freely given without reservation! When we learn how to offer ourselves, then it will not be difficult or us to put our time, talent and treasure into God’s service. If you have a difficult time giving money to God, it is because you haven’t surrendered your body to Him to use. Until we grasp this principle, we will never truly worship God the way that He demands! In tomorrow’s devotional, we will talk about the most important part of worship in every believer’s life that is the most abused. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.