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What if you went in to your boss one day and said something like, “I plan to always be your employee, but I only intend to come in to work on Mondays.” How long do you think you’d be able to keep your job? As crazy as that sounds, how many of us do the same thing to God?
If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are someone who has giving your life to God. We live that life in a faith community with other believers that we call ‘church’. Since the church meets primarily on Sunday mornings to worship the Lord, we might get the idea that this is the time to worship. But the Bible calls us to live a life of worship – a life that is always devoted to serving, loving, and uplifting God. Romans 12:1, from the New Century Version, reads this way:
So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.‘///≥.
We desire to have God’s mercy all the time, not just on Sundays. The flowing of God’s grace and mercy into our every day lives is a signal that we should be offering up thanks to God every day. Not in a ‘worship service’ as much as just in our every day decisions, interactions, family time, and work ethic. Paul calls this being a ‘living sacrifice’ – entirely devoted to living for the God who saved us and loves us without end.
Just like we wouldn’t tell our employers that we only intend to work one day per week, or we wouldn’t tell our parents that we were only their children one day per week, so also we wouldn’t look to our Heavenly Father and suggest that we can get by with only thinking about Him once per week. So what are some ways we can offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices?
– Spend some time in prayer every day / Spend some time in Scripture every day
– Watch for ways to encourage and help others in the name of Jesus every day
– Turn away from any sins that are hanging on in your life every day
– Try to be aware of His presence in your life and thank Him for your blessings every day
Whether you have thought about things like this as ‘worship’ before, or not, remember that this is a “spiritual way for you to worship” – and it’s not just something we do on Sundays.