I love worship songs. They get me into an intimate place with God. And there are no words to describe what that place feels like and the peace that floods my heart when i’m there.
However, worship doesn’t just end there. It isn’t all about the slow paced songs that we sing in church. It doesn’t end by us lifting up our hands in surrender to God. Romans 12:1-2 tells us what true worship is.
And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] 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.[b] 2 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. Romans 12:1-2
True worship is us living our lives as living sacrifices that pleases God.
I think it’s important to note the word ‘sacrifice’ in the scripture above. I googled the meaning of sacrifice and it says;
- an act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to a deity.
- give up (something valued) for the sake of other considerations.
Everything about us – the words of our mouth, the meditation of our hearts, our actions need to come before God as an acceptable offering. I don’t know about you but for me this isn’t easy because everyday i fall short of this. However i have realised that it’s easy for me to fall short when i’m not conscious of it. I really don’t know how to phrase this properly so please bear with me. What i’m trying to say is that it’s easier to succeed in something i am meditating on and conscious of. So waking up and going about my day with this consciousness helps me to make better choices. Does this mean it always goes smoothly? No. But it’s always better. And each time i fall short, i rise and try to meditate and bring the concept of worship back to my consciousness. (I hope this makes sense. I’ll be praying that the Holy Spirit will give every reader understanding).
In the definitions of sacrifice above, I personally love the words ‘surrendering’ and ‘give up’. To surrender is to willinglygive up something.
How do we do this?
By allowing God transform our mind. This is a process that continues till we leave this earth. Renewing our mind isn’t a one off thing. It’s something we have to commit to daily. This is only when we can know God’s will for our lives.
We naturally do not have the ability to transform ourselves. Our natural mind is selfish and filled with sin. Sin comes naturally to us because of our link with Adam and Eve. So for us to come out of this, we need the Holy Spirit to help us.
In this blog post, we can see that the only way for us not to conform to this world is by the help of the Holy Spirit. We need to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in us before we can worship God truly. God respects our free will and will never force us to do anything.
Let’s move from the stage of just saying how we love God to Him seeing that we love Him. Our daily choices proves if we love God or not.
So my prayer for myself and every reader is that;
- We will be willing to surrender our lives to God totally.
- We will allow Him transform our minds daily so we can know His perfect will for our lives.
- Our lives will continuously be a pure form of worship that is pleasing in His sight.
As we go about our daily lives today, let’s be mindful of this. Let’s not be carried away by the way the world view things. Let’s humble ourselves and allow God change the way we think so our lives can be true worship unto Him.
Have a splendid week! 🙂