by Lenny Ports

Worship - A Living Sacrifice
Lenny Ports

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.?
1 : an act of offering to a deity something precious; especially :the killing of a victim on an altar
: something offered in sacrifice
: destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else

Remember last week we explored Abraham's definition of Worship:

Scripture was taken out of Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you." We know the story now of how God called Abraham to offer up to Him something that was very precious and dear to Abraham - the son that God had promised him and that he had waited for for 25 years. Abraham almost a century old and his wife around 75 brought forth a child they named ISAAC - for God had made them to laugh again. Abraham defined worship as giving up to God that which God had blessed him with, knowing that God was able to restore it back to him. As a result of his obedience, Abraham received his blessing multiplied over and over again!

But in our key verse today, we see the Apostle Paul's definition of Worship

Brothers and sisters, God has shown you his mercy. So I am asking you to offer up your bodies to him while you are still alive. Your bodies are a holy sacrifice that is pleasing to God. When you offer your bodies to God, you are worshiping him.(NIRV)

Brothers and sisters, in view of all we have just shared about God's compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate for you. GW


In Romans 11, God shows us the mercy that He has on His people. Paul talks about his burden for his own people the Jews and how God has a plan for them. He ...

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