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January 1, 2020

Worship in the New Year

“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)

Often we think of worship as standing in a church service singing while an individual or praise band leads us. Certainly such times are important and not to be neglected. Such times are acts of worship and are vital to our relationship with God. Hhowever, the true meaning of the word “worship” goes much more beyond just standing in a church service singing songs to the Lord. A pastor friend of mine explained to me that the original Greek word for worship could be explained as “worth-ship,” or to attribute “worth” to something, or in this case, someONE.

In our passage today, Paul, when he says to offer your body a living sacrifice, he is saying worship is not a once or twice a week occasion when we stand and sing to God in church. Rather worship is a daily, moment by moment, effort of ensuring that every action, every re-action, every word, and every thought are moments that honor and glorify the living God. Also, Paul says such an offering to God from us is a reasonable expectation God expects of His followers given the mercy, grace, love, and kindness He has poured out upon us through His the giving of His Son.

Question: As you go about your day, do you consider that every moment can be an act of worship?

Challenge: Meditate of this scripture today, “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Colossians 3:17).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me remember that each and every moment of each and every day is an opportunity to honor and glorify you.

Rob Crose -- BC Staff

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