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. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom 12:1-2)
True and proper worship is not merely to read the Bible and to pray. No, the essence of it is to offer myself as sacrifice to God; a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him. Living is the opposite of dead. It is in other words not simply lip service, but acting; doing! Holy stands opposite to unholy, and unholy, for me, relates to this sinful world – the world we should not conform to. Holy is to be dedicated to God with your whole being.
Are you willing to place yourself on the altar as a living and holy sacrifice today? Perhaps you need a paradigm shift? Perhaps your mind needs renewal in order to do it?
Prayer: Father God, please transform me by renewing my mind, so that I can test and approve what Your will is – Your good, pleasing and perfect will.