Spiritual Service of Worship Part 15
By Pastor Bill
In Romans 12:1, Paul urges us to present our bodies as living and holy sacrifices, which is our spiritual service of worship. In verses three through eight, Paul writes about our spiritual gifts. He says that each of us is a different member with different functions. Finally, he ends with an encouragement to us to use whatever gift we have been given.
(Romans 12:1) “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
Normally, when we think of worship, we think of singing songs to the Lord with various musical instruments. If someone said to you that they were on their way to worship practice, you would think that they played an instrument and were rehearsing for Sunday morning praise and worship. You would be right most of the time.
Our spiritual service of worship could include musical instruments and singing to the Lord, particularly if that is how God gifted us to serve in the body. For most of us, our spiritual service of worship is something quite different. If we have the gift of helps, going over to someone’s house and helping them mow their yard is practicing our spiritual service of worship. For someone with the gift of mercy, sending a card to someone who is sick, or visiting someone who is in the hospital is worship practice. For someone with the gift of hospitality, inviting a neighbor over for dinner on a Friday evening is practicing their spiritual service of worship. For someone with the gift of prophecy, giving a word of encouragement to someone before the Sunday service is exercising their spiritual service of worship. When you greet on Sunday morning, work with the media team, help with children’s ministry, or help clean up after service, you are worshipping the Lord.
God wants each of us to present and consecrate our lives to him. He wants us to be living and holy sacrifices. As we lay our lives down serving one another with our unique gifts, we are worshipping the Lord. Paul says that this is acceptable to God. Our service to Him is a pleasing and acceptable offering to Him.
Father, we want to be a church full of worshippers. We want to be a church that worships you with more than music. We want to worship You with our lives. We offer our bodies as living and holy sacrifices, which is our spiritual service of worship. May You be honored and glorified by our worship. Amen.