Monday Morning Devotional: Worship

1 Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1) (HCSB)

How do you define worship? I’ve heard many different definitions. Some say it is what we do on Sunday at church…singing songs of praise and praying to God. Others say it is reverent homage to God. Here are a couple of the definitions given by Dictionary.com :

(noun) reverent honor and homage paid to god or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.

(verb) to render religious reverence and homage to.
These are pretty good, but I like what Romans 12:1 says. We are to present our entire bodieseverything we are – as a living sacrifice to God. According to the verse this is our spiritual act of worship. In other words, worship is not something we do once a week on Sunday. That is definitely part of worship, but only part. Worship, instead, is an attitude we choose to display every day of our lives. As a Christ follower we are called to be worshipers. Paul tells us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices as our act of worship. This is a constant state of being – not just a Sunday action. In order to truly worship we must first be willing to turn our whole selves over to Him.
How will you worship God this week? Will you go about your normal day-to-day activities and then show up at church Sunday morning and sing a few songs? Or, will you offer your entire being to Him and praise Him daily, hourly, in everything? I pray that my attitude of worship will be the latter.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the sacrifice made on the cross for me. Help me to truly offer myself as a living sacrifice to You as my spiritual act of worship. May I be in a continual attitude of praise and worship throughout each and every day You allow me on this earth. Help me to have a clean heart as I bow humbly before You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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