“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.” (NIV)
Several things stick out to me from this verse.
1) Worship is purity.
This is a very different kind of worship than music and dancing, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Actually, this is more of what I was talking about in Worship: Part 1, because purity is something you can practice every day. It’s not just a Sunday thing. In fact, we are obligated as followers of Christ to remain pure if we want to please GOD.
2) Our bodies are living sacrifices.
As Christians, we not only offer GOD our souls and spirits, but also our bodies; HE is lord over the living and the dead (Romans 14:7-9). That means that whatever HE wants us to do with our bodies, we do it. If HE calls you to use your mouth and witness, you do it. If HE tells you to use your hands and become a janitor, you do it. And if HE says to stay pure, you do it.
3) GOD is merciful and deserves our worship.
Jesus gave everything to save us. When we were all destined for an eternity in Hell, Christ came at just the right time to redeem us (Romans 5:6). We cursed HIM, we spat on HIM, and we betray HIM every day when we sin. Yet, HE still loves us, and still longs to spend eternity with us! HE has the power to destroy us, but instead HE traded HIS life for ours. What an amazing gift! Since HE has done all that for us, we can at least worship HIM with our purity.
Honor and please GOD by staying pure every day. Offer your body to HIM as a living sacrifice; HE is totally worth it!