Monday, June 20, 2011

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD

"Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice -- the kind that He will accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." (Romans 12:1-2 NLT)

We generally associate worship with what happens in church, but in actual fact it is far more all-encompassing than that. Worship is our response to the loving work of God. In view of God's mercy, Paul urges, offer your bodies or lives as a living sacrifice to God. As we live out our lives, the way we live is an expression of our response to God. As Jesus offered up his life in serving us, so we in response offer up our lives in grateful response, to the undeserved way in which God has shown mercy to us in Jesus. The whole of our life is a response to God, the way we live is an act of worship.

-- Stephen Hale

 
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