I grew up singing a song called, “It’s All About Worshiping You.” The song was about the acts of worship we do in our churches or even in our personal devotional times. If you are like me, you might throw your hands up in worship at any moment because you know that God is so worthy!
Lifting hands, singing, dancing, and kneeling are all physical acts of worship. They are actions we do to show that we worship and adore God. Our worship, however, goes beyond what we do in our church services and in our personal devotional time.
I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
We already talked about the reason we present ourselves to God. He is good, and He’s done so much for us! When we consider the numerous mercies of God, it is only reasonable that we give ourselves totally to Him. Presenting our bodies to God, giving Him all of us, is a reasonable, rational, and logical response to His goodness.
This is not a one-time event or a once-a-week routine used to refresh and restore you. God wants all of you! He wants your bodies presented in worship at all times! The time to worship is all day, every day. What we do, what we say, how we treat one another, how we minister to our family and friends–Everything we do in our bodies should be presented to God as worship!
It’s not about perfection!
This is not about the perfection of your looks or outer image! Your body may not be all that you want it to be, but be assured, if you present it to God, holy and acceptable, He receives your sacrifice. Your body may not be as healthy as you desire, but know that when you submit your body to God, the Healer receives your praise. You may have once used your body as an instrument of sin, doing things that dishonored God and yourself. God still wants YOU, all of you! He is a God who redeems and makes new.
You may still struggle with sinful urges and desires. You may still fall short and miss the mark. Please know that you are now dead to sin and alive in Christ Jesus. I said this last week, and I’ll repeat it here:
“Where you fall short, keep your faith in the power of the Cross. Only Jesus can present us blameless and unblemished. And in His great love, He does just that.”
Don’t let the enemy convince you that you are unusable or, worse, unwanted. Nothing can be further from the truth. If you are willing, the Lord will take your holy and acceptable offering. Those beautiful spiritual sacrifices are pleasing to God only through Jesus (1 Peter 2:5).
It’s not only about the physical, but it’s about spiritual worship.
God prescribes how we praise Him. We lift our hands in adoration. We use our lips to utter praise. We bow our knees in reverence to the Lord. These acts of worship are beautiful and necessary. But when we present our bodies to God, it goes beyond the physical to the spiritual.
God is not just saying, “I want your arms!” But instead, I want your arms to be used for My glory.” Not just, “I want your feet!” But instead, I want your feet to walk out My purposes.”
Presenting your body is worship lived out!
Will you offer your hands to Him in service?
Will you offer your mouths to Him to speak His Word?
Will you offer your feet to go where He sends you?
Will you offer your hearts to love like Him?
Paul shares his heart in the matter in Philippians 1:20. This should be the sentiment of all God’s children,
It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always, Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20
The thing Paul wanted and hoped for was that he would not fail Christ in anything. He would be courageous and bold in his living so that he would glorify God with his body! Whether he lived or died, Paul wanted God to be worshiped. For Him, It was all about worshiping God.
Will we be so bold and courageous to live a life that cuts against the grain of our society? Will we boldly show the worth of Christ by the way we use our bodies?
Will we worship with our eyes and refrain from watching things that dishonor God?
Will we worship with our mouths and choose kindness instead of malice and slander?
Will we worship with our ears, filling them with things that produce faith and not things that produce fear, hatred, and discord?
Will we worship with our feet and mark out paths of righteousness for others to follow rather than letting our feet rush to do evil?
God wants all of us! And we should give Him our all. Presenting our bodies boldly and courageously is worship lived out. It’s all about worship!
Do you view everything you do with your body as your reasonable act of worship?
Thank You for Your tender mercies and great grace. Help me to live a life that honors and brings glory to Your name. Today, I present my body to You as an instrument of righteousness. Help me to live for You.
In Jesus’ name,
Praise God for using you as an instrument! As you present yourself to God, He makes you a vessel of honor.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Your friend in the journey,
Remember: The Word W.O.R.K.S. We are walking in Wholeness, Obedience, Righteousness, and Kingdom Success through the Word of God.