Giving as Worship: Spiritual Service for Worship
So, what will you do with the rest of your life? That answer depends on what you are currently doing with the treasured resources God provided through Christ. Are you spending your days in self-gratification, self-worship, or are you willingly offering yourself as a living and holy sacrifice in full devotion to God in true worship? Since worship involves response, action, and submission, then all of life should be a service of worship.
Characteristically, Paul spent the first eleven chapters laying down the doctrinal foundation of God’s grace in redemption before building the structure of the practical impact of this redemption. Yes, the Gospel impacts all of life, attitude, behavior, and lifestyle, by producing a discerning believer whose entirety of life is able to discern the good, acceptable, and complete will of God. Paul provides two truths of urgency expressing the fruit of offering to God all that we are in spiritual service for worship.
I. The commitment of the believer –
A. The basis of commitment
B. The boundary of the commitment
C. The boundless result
II. The character of the believer –
A. The believers resistance
B. The believers renewing
C. The believers reflection
A Living Sacrifice
12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.