On Sunday I preached Romans 11:33-12:2 in a message titled “The Church Worships.” At the end of the sermon I gave 7 markers of a life sacrifice. These were just “fleshed out” practical markers that I felt like clarified what Romans 12:1-2 looks like in daily life. I’ve had a few people ask me to post these.
Here they are:
1) A realization that everything is worship.
- As beings that were created with the capacity and propensity to worship, everything we do is worship. The question we all need to ask is “What or who is the object of my worship?” Am I worshipping myself, other people, or God? You worship. The OBJECT is what makes all the difference.
2) Spiritual disciplines become daily anchors of God-reliance.
- Bible study, Prayer, Fasting, Silence, Community, Serving
3) You possess a transforming mind that trusts God over yourself.
- We tend to give ourselves the “benefit of the doubt.” When our mind transforms we begin to trust God over our own feelings and emotions.
4) Prayer informs every decision.
- “The God factor” influences all. We bring God and His Word to bear.
5) We die daily and deny our flesh as a matter of lifestyle.
- We get liberated from the vice of “comfort-worship.” As our mind transforms and we worship God as a living sacrifice, life is about more than just avoiding inconvenience, pain, or suffering.
6) Scripture renews our minds as we get saturated by it.
- Being saturated by Scripture goes beyond simply the “daily verse” or the “blessing-box.” We commit to God’s word; we eat it like we do our daily physical sustenance. We continually ask as we study God’s word, “How does this transform my thinking?”
7) Everything becomes a means to an end.
- End: Glorifying God
- Means: Marriage, Parenting, Morality, Work, Play, Hobbies, Relationships, Entertainment, Rest, Pace of life.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.