I am headed to the Women of Faith event in Philadelphia this weekend. I’m so excited to have some dedicated time for worship – a dedicated time to present myself before the Lord so He can do His work in my heart – the work that only He can do.
Many believe worship is what happens at church, especially during the music time. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t.
You can sing and pray and it is worship. You can also sing and pray and it is not worship.
Paul urges believers to worship by presenting themselves for renewal and transformation. Worship is about your heart.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brethren, my the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 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.
Worship is acknowledging before God that everything you are and everything you have is from Him, through Him and to Him. It is an embracing of His grace and His mercies. It is a heart felt response for all He has done and continues to do for you. It is a response that can only result in the presenting of yourself to Him. Romans 11:33-36
When you present yourself to Him, you are acknowledging that just as you could not save yourself, you can not live the Christian life without His direct involvement in your daily life. You are presenting yourself to Him so He can renew your mind and change the way you think about things. You are presenting yourself to Him so He can transform you and change you. You are presenting yourself to Him so you can live according to His will instead of your own. You are presenting yourself to Him because you know His will is what is good and acceptable and pleasing – not only to Him, but also to you.
So I urge you to worship Him. Do life with Jesus every day. Present yourself to Him everyday. Worship belongs to God and God alone.
Romans 11:36 To Him be the glory forever. Amen.