“ Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship”
Worship is more than a moment. It’s more than singing songs and gathering together with a group of believers on a Sunday morning. Worship is a lifestyle. What we do with our lives matters to God. What we do with our bodies matters to God. Who we hang around matters to God. What we say matters to God.
The Hebrew word for worship is "shachah", which means to bow down. Another definition says worship means to say the same thing or to agree with. In other words, living a life of worship means to surrender to God’s will and come into agreement with who He says He is and who He says we are.
Ephesians 5: 1 says, “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children”. Imitate means to follow as a model or to copy. As children of God, we are called to copy everything Jesus did. All throughout scripture, we see Jesus living a life that was holy and pleasing to God.
In our passage, the Apostle Paul is urging us to do this. We were created to live for God alone. We were created to glorify God in everything we do. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, live your life in a way that glorifies and honors God.”
When we willingly offer our lives as a sacrifice for God we unlock the door to deeper intimacy with the Father and a transformed life that has an eternal impact on the world.