Thoughts from the Sycomore’s weekly reading of Romans…
10:1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
I found out very early in my journey with Jesus that we have a very narrow context of worship. Though I enjoyed worship so much, it was often relegated to a single day of the week—Sunday. As I grew in my faith, I realized that like much of life, worship is often driven by convenience and comfort. As much as we may enjoy our time of corporate worship on Sundays—even ecstatically so, we just don’t seem to find it “ecstatic” enough to come together for a single hour and a half to worship together again during another time of the week. It’s one thing if we have such a schedule that makes it practically impossible to do so (and I’m talking about things like being parents of infants and toddlers or working during that time, etc.), but even then, worship isn’t necessarily very high on our list of priorities.
The reason for “skimping” on worship, at least for me, is that much of worship is driven by me—as in, “what brings me joy, what makes me feel good, what I get out of it.” Feeling good after a time of worship isn’t bad. The problem, is that all of these byproducts of worship have become the primary focus during out praise of God. Today’s text tells us that worship actually involves a “living and holy sacrifice.” Sacrifice is not self-focused. It actually has a singular focus—our Heavenly Father. We may have a preference of worship music or be at work or school or at a bus stop, but because of our singular focus, we can worship anywhere and at any time. That’s what it means for worship to be “holy”—it’s acceptable or pleasing to God. Worship is also described as “living,”—meaning that it is a dynamic (involving) physical, emotional, and spiritual) act carried out at every moment of our lives (the word “present” grammatically is implied to be a constant or continuous act and not a onetime occurrence)—and not just on Sundays for a few hours. Worship then all of a sudden become less about us and more about desiring God. #desiringGod2017