One of the ways that we trust God is through worship. Worship isn’t only singing or praying. Worship is, or should be, our life. We worship God when we offer him our lives. The apostle Paul writes about this in his letter to the Romans:
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
As you think about what it might mean to “give your body” to God, it seems quite severe. A living sacrifice? Yikes! And yet, thinking about it further, when you fall in love with someone, don’t you want to do everything in your power to please them? You offer your all to that person and are willing to sacrifice anything, perhaps even yourself should it be necessary, for that person.
Our devotion to Jesus should be nothing less than that. Truthfully, it should be even more because our relationship with God should be our primary focus. Offering our obedience through the living sacrifice of our bodies makes sense in light of God’s amazing promises. How can we do it? Verse 2 gives us further instruction:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
As Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said this past weekend, we must decide to give God complete access to our lives. As humans, God has given us the ability to choose what we worship: him or the world. When we trust him, he begins his transformation of us from the inside out. Through our obedience and trust, God changes the way we think. Since we are truly spiritual beings first, as our thinking changes, the results are seen both mentally and physically.
I want to offer God all my life and my love. Some days I do. Some days I don’t. But I know that God isn’t done with me yet, and I am confident that he who began a good work in me “will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6).
Is it difficult for you to obey God? Why or why not? Does it help to think of your obedience as an act of worship?
If you have the YouVersion app, I recommend a 7-day study by Pastor Charles Stanley called “The Will of God.” In the study, Stanley says God’s will is good, pleasing, and perfect (as in Romans 12:2). Trust God to be good for it. He is faithful!
Dear Lord, when things become difficult, I know that you will be walking beside me, holding me by my hand. You will cross the desert with me and weather any storm with me. When things become unbearable, I know that you will carry me to the other side. Today, I declare my dependence on you. Amen.
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This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people that God used to start CedarCreek in the Fall of 1995, and was on staff until 2013. Lauri loves Jesus, and loves helping people, especially women, live out of the truth about who we are in Christ. She and her husband Mike live in Oregon, but now spend winter months in Florida near daughter Kelda and her family.
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