Live consistent with who you really are, inspired by the loving kindness of God. My brothers, the most practical expression of worship is to make your bodies available to him as a living sacrifice; this pleases him more than any religious routine. He desires to find visible, individual expression in your person. (Mirror Bible)
Are you giving reasonable worship?
What is worship? What exactly did God create you to do?
Romans 12:2 Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (The Message MSG)
Worship is honor, reverence and esteem, in thought, feeling, and/or action. You are a triune being, meaning you comprise mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, you worship God:
- With your mind, all the thoughts and feelings you have should glorify Him.
Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. 9 Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me—do it—and the God of peace will walk with you. (The Voice TVT)
- With your body, physically you should honor Him.
Romans 6:13 So then, refuse to answer its call to surrender your body as a tool for wickedness. Instead, passionately answer God’s call to keep yielding your body to him as one who has now experienced resurrection life! You live now for his pleasure, ready to be used for his noble purpose. (The Passion Translation TPT)
- With your spirit, originating from within; sincere and motivated by your love for Him.
John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (New King James Version NKJV)
That covers all of you. Worship is the presentation of all of you to the God who conceived you, formed you and gave you life. This is why God created you. This is what God wants from you. The phrase “reasonable service” means “ that which conforms to the lógos .” It is more correctly defined as “spiritual service.”
1 Peter 2:4-5 So keep coming to him who is the Living Stone—though he was rejected and discarded by men but chosen by God and is priceless in God’s sight. 5 Come and be his “living stones” who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now you serve as holy priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices that he readily accepts through Jesus Christ. (The Passion Translation)
Your worship leads you to offer yourself completely to do what God requires, not only what makes sense to you. If you are unsure of God’s requirements, you can find them in His word.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I spent a lot of years doing what I thought was my reasonable service and I repent. I hadn’t devoted enough time in Your presence to understand You wanted my spiritual service. I believe the service I gave was a blessing to You. However, I did a great deal of what I did because of tradition. It was how my father raised me and what he taught me to do. I never really stopped to wonder if I was doing what You required or even what You destined me to do. Thank You for revelation. Now, I understand not only do You want me to serve out of obedience to the authority in my life; You also want my mind, my will, my body, and my love. You want me to think about You and have You at the center of my life, at all times. You want my heart to be full of You, and my actions to demonstrate who You are in my life. Your word says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”. I did a lot of things because I was mimicking my spiritual leaders and peers because they loved You. I thought it meant because I did them, I was showing You I loved You too. Now I think about the things I do because I want to make sure I am being a blessing to You. Will You be pleased? Is this what You want from me? Some of the things I do have changed and some have not. I’m grateful to know the difference…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.