“1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
Romans 12 was written in Greek the word “service” or if you are reading another translation it may say “service of worship” either way in Greek it looks like this:
We tend to believe worship is only done on Sunday mornings, but worship is much more. Worship is to honor God. Worship is not something we only do on Sundays and Wednesdays; while at church. Worship is something we can do daily. Our worshiping is never done. Worship is done by using the gifts God gave you, to honor Him. To worship God is to recognize His worth. If you look at Ps 29:2 and 1 Cori 10:31 you will see that the Bible calls worshiping God “glorifying God” or “giving glory to God”
One of my favorite Christian bloggers Jordan Lee Dooleys she is known as Soul Scripts said: “When we praise God out of love. It is entirely different than if we are praising Him out of selfish ambition or self righteousness. It won’t have the same effect because it is not the same thing. We may be claiming to worship Him, but in reality, we are worshipping our own desires.”
What she is saying is we are not giving glory to God by making sure everyone knows what you did for Him. That is just glorifying you.
Worshipping God is not just going to church when it is at your convince; it is having a desire to talk to God daily and to hear Him. Yes, I know we will not always be able to go, but it should be something we desire. In verse 1 when it says “to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.” it means to give yourself totally up to Jesus. It is giving Him control of you. It is letting Him control your life and what you do with it. This is a choice we make; we are not forced to worship Him it is our choice to give our life completely over to Him.
I will admit I do not pray to God or study His Word some days it is lucky if I even look at my Bible. Honestly we all have those days, we all have ups and downs. We just need to remember to get back up again and try again.
we can glorify God by, serving Him which can be done by telling others about Him or helping when you can at church, there are tons of other ways to serve Him, helping others this can be done in the simplest ways; helping others does not have to be some big thing it can be something simple, giving. This can be done by giving to those in need and giving to the Lord. There are many other things you could do to serve the Lord, but I just listed a few. No matter how you choose to worship Him remember that Colossians 3:13 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
He is worthy of worship because: He is the Creator, He watches over you, He gave us eternal life, He loved us before we even knew who He was, He gives you purpose, He made you exactly who you are for a reason ect
In Romans 12:2 it tells us “Do not be guided by this world…”
We are not to follow the things of this world because the things of this world only bring us away from God. And by following what the world says to do is basically worshiping the world. Only God is worthy of our praise and worship.
Romans 12:3 it basically tells us do not look down on others. Honestly we do not know what is really going on and we are to encourage others not bring them down. always remember; We all our at a different time in our walk with God. Some of us might have been Christians since we were eight and drifted from Him around the age of 13 to 14 and now that we are 15 we realize we need God so we are practically like a new Christian learning how to crawl. Others have been Christians since they were 10 and stayed close to God through it all so they know more, but if they look down on the other they really aren’t any better at all.
We also cannot look down on people because of there gifts. Everybody’s gift is needed to make the body of Christ work. (read eph 4:15-16) We cannot all do the same and be the same. Yes some of us will have the same gifts, but they will all be used differently to honor God. It is kind of like our testimonies; some testimonies sound similar, but they all are unique and each one has the power to reach other people.
When ever it comes to finding time to worship God on our own I’ve noticed we tend to not really know how, when, or where. We can do it by finding a method that suits you, everyone learns differently. you could try the SOAP method I found this method on Pinterest and used it for about two years before starting my blog. S = Scripture once you read the passage you chose to read write down the verses that caught your attention O = Observe Figure out what God is telling you in this passage A = Apply How can you apply what this passage to your life or your situation? P = Prayer. pray over what God has taught you in that passage.
I study the bible by using the Blue Letter Bible app and website and I put notes in my bible Journal or I journal a verse that caught my attention. The Blue Letter Bible helps because it can teach you Greek or Hebrew words from the passage. It shows you how to spell and you can listen to them to help you pronounce them, which is pretty cool and fun! It gives you options for different Bible translations. You can get cross-references. Which shows you where different passages go along with the one you are reading. It gives you commentaries. I have not used the commentaries so, I am not sure how that works. It has dictionaries which I haven’t used yet either. And it has images that go with what you are reading and gives you music related to the passage which is pretty awesome.
There are many other ways to study His Word, but those are the ones I have used.