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::Devotional:: ‘The Lord Expects Our Worship’

July 29, 2010

If the music stopped today where would your worship be?  If there were no songs sung on Sunday mornings, no Christian music or radio to listen to during the week, where would your worship be?  You see, worship is more than simply singing a song.  True worship is a lifestyle and the Lord expects our worship.

There’s nothing wrong with worshipping the Lord through music, but the Lord’s expectations for worship are much more than song.  We often look at worship as an event when it is really more of a lifestyle, a mindset.  We often schedule our worship.  Sundays at 8:30 and 11 are the worship services at my church, but worship goes deeper than that.

What kind of worship does the Lord expect from us?  What does a lifestyle of worship look like?  Praise the Lord he has already laid out the answers to these questions in his word, Romans 12.

1 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.  Romans 12:1

This past Sunday my Pastor spoke on this passage in a message titled ‘Living Sacrifices‘ and it is well worth reading.  According to this passage, our spiritual act of worship is offering our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.  Being a living sacrifice sounds crazy and even illogical, but consider these words from the Apostle Paul.

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

A living sacrifice refers to a lifestyle of presenting oneself before the Lord daily in a way that is holy and pleasing to him.  In yesterday’s devotion, ‘The Lord Expects Our Faith’, we were reminded from Hebrews 11:6 that faith in the Lord is pleasing to the Lord.  If we continue to read a bit further in Romans 12 we can begin to see how to present our lives in a way that is holy before the Lord as well as pleasing to him.

We are reminded:

  • Romans 12:2 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.
  • Romans 12:3 Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
  • Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
  • Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
  • Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the LORD.
  • Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
  • Romans 12:13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
  • Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you;bless and do not curse.
  • Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
  • Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
  • Romans 12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
  • Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath
  • Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

These are just some of the guidelines for worship the Lord has recorded in his word for us to study and obey.  These are the sounds of a lifestyle of worship that echo on when the music fades.  Take time today to ponder the original question.  If the music stopped, where would your worship be?  Maybe today is the day you go beyond the music.   The Lord expects our worship, even when the music fades.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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One Comment leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    July 29, 2010 11:09 am

    You made some really good points and bible verses in this devotion. I like this devotion. You are getting to the point brother.

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