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September 1, 2020


How to Give All in Worship

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1)

Worshiping God is an attitude that affects all that we think, say and do. So, what does it mean to be a living sacrifice?

In Old Testament times, one way that God’s people worshiped the Lord was through sacrifices brought to the priest. We learn of 3 of these sacrifices in Leviticus and they give us three attitudes of one who is a living sacrifice:

The Burnt Offering – Essentially, the burnt offering means: “Lord, I give you all of me.” It is the recognition of my sinfulness and of God’s total claim on my life. The whole offering was given to God. It’s a posture of “Lord, I give you all of me, no matter what.” My thoughts, desires, attitudes, character—all of it belongs to the Lord.

The Grain Offering – The offering was of the best of their grain crop, as they give it to the Lord it says that He’s their daily bread. It means: “Lord, I give you all I have.” It’s a life of sacrificial giving and dependence on God. It acknowledges that in everything (food, clothing, shelter, finances) God is the provider and sustainer.

The Peace Offering – This is the one meal/offering the Israelite could eat. It was offered in thankfulness and acknowledges that the blessings we enjoy are from God alone. It is gratitude to God for the fellowship we have in Him. It means: “Lord, I give you all the credit.”

To worship God as a living sacrifice means we give God all of who we are, depend on Him and giving God credit for every blessing. Ray Stedman summarizes Romans 12:1 by saying, “Now put your body where your mouth is and follow through with what your spirit has said to God. Be his available instrument.”

Question: Which of the three offerings comes most naturally to you? Which is the hardest?

Challenge: In prayer offer God 1) all of you, 2) all you have, and 3) all the credit.

Prayer: Creator God, we worship you and acknowledge that every good thing is a gift from you. Help us to live as living sacrifices. Amen.

Geoff Horn, Chapel Leader -- San Diego Padres



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