Today’s message at church focused on what we should specifically be doing while we wait for Jesus’ return. Our pastor gave us four suggestions: worship, wait, watch, and work. Although the suggestions are clear, I think understanding what it means to worship God sometimes is a little more complex. So I want to spend a little more time trying to understand worship. We should be worshipping God while we are here on earth but what does it mean to worship God? There are many places in the Bible where “worship” is mentioned but today I’m looking at Romans 12 1-2 where Paul writes the following: “Therefore I urge you brothers in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his, good, pleasing, and perfect will.” I love this description of worship—as an act that involves our bodies. In other words, we are called to interact, and therefore worship, God with every part of us, with our entire being. By offering our bodies as “living sacrifices” we have no choice but to respect ourselves and others. In other words, you wouldn’t defile a sacrificial object because then the object would no longer be worth of sacrifice. And because God has created us in his image, we are worthy of sacrifice. I think what this means is that our bodies are worthy to be living sacrifices to God because God created us in his image. Anything he has created is perfect and only sullied by the “patterns of this world.” The world would tell us that our bodies are not worthy to be considered a “living sacrifice” that we can do whatever we want to ourselves (and others) without penalty. I think this passage challenges us to be mindful of something more though—how we treat ourselves does matter. This does not mean that we should engage in self-indulgent behavior, but rather that we should acknowledge that God created us, each of us, so that we could be living sacrifices to him. If we can embrace this truth, then our very existence could be an act of worship.
Finally, this quote reminds us that worshipping God involves all of us, our whole self to show up, be present, and offer ourselves as a living sacrifice:
“Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body –
to what God is and says and does.” Warren Wiersbe