What is true and proper worship? Is it the position that you pray in? Is it based on how high you raise your hands during praise and worship? Do you have to be on your knees at the altar until worship service is over, or at least until your favorite song ends?
It’s important to lift up our voices and our hands to praise and worship God, but even more importantly, the Bible equates real worship with holy living. Why? Because our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, which means they need to be pure, without blemish, and holy. A blemish would be using any part of your body in a sinful way, including the words that come out of your mouth.
People used to bring certain animals to the Jewish priest as a sacrifice to God to cover up their sins, but the Bible tells us that God was not pleased with that. God desired obedience.
Now that Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, God wants us to offer our whole selves to Him in obedience to His word. Why? Because God has shown us great mercy, who once were separated from God by our sin. Now God has given us His rich grace, which means unearned favor.
We are supposed to be living sacrifices. We don’t offer ourselves to be killed like the Jewish sacrifices. Rather, we live to serve and please God with the life that He has given us. That is why the apostle Paul says,
For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.Philippians 1:21
Lastly, the Bible says,
So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”1 Peter 1:13-16
“Bear your cross as you wait for your crown. Tell the world of the treasure you’ve found.”
– Elevation Worship, “O come to the altar”
Today, if you have not received Salvation or you would like to rededicate your life back to Christ, say this prayer:
God, I know that I am a sinner. Right now, Lord, I turn from my sins, and I ask you to forgive me. Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross and rose from the grave, for me. I open my heart and life for You to come in, and I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You, God for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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