THE TRUE WORSHIP OF GOD
By Joel Finck
Christians of the twenty-first, century have become very good at many things, but sacrifice is not one of them. Our churches seem to have developed the best in "Christian entertainment" and programs to satisfy all the senses, but we hear little in the way of sacrifice and self-denial. Yet, to truly understand Romans chapter twelve, we must come to appreciate the necessity of sacrifice as a prerequisite to genuine service.
With this in view, Paul begins with the familiar words, "I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1). We immediately recognize here that we are under grace, for Paul does not command us to "do this and live .... " Rather he beseeches, or literally "begs," us to present ourselves to God, not to earn our salvation, but because of the mercy God has already shown to us. It is only "reasonable" to do this when we consider what Christ has already done for us: He died for our sins. Is it too much to ask that we offer ourselves in service to God? No! It is the logical response of a grateful heart.
Interestingly, the word translated "service" in verse one is the Greek latreia which in its verb form is sometimes translated "worship." Before the dispensation of grace, men worshipped God by bringing dead sacrifices. Now, we worship by bringing living sacrifices, that is, our bodies as willing
instruments of righteousness in the service of God. We often think of worship as that which we do in a building on Sunday, but true worship is how you serve on Monday through Saturday!
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