“Our Spiritual Worship” ( Romans 12: 1, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.”


Notice Paul says “your bodies as a living sacrifice.” He implies that it is the offer of our collective bodies which constitutes this “living sacrifice.” Together, we create “spiritual worship.” We individually “renew [our] minds” and are “transformed” “so that [we each] may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12: 2) So, we act individually and then mutually to worship God.


Paul explains, “Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.” (Romans 12: 4-5)


Therefore, “come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care. Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” (Psalm 95: 6-8)

2 thoughts on ““Our Spiritual Worship” ( Romans 12: 1, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

  1. I think another aspect of this verse (Romans 12:1– offering our bodies as living sacrifices) is about us being the temple of the Holy Ghost. As the temple to and of God, we offer ourselves as holy sacrifices to Him. As Jesus was The Sacrifice for us–He gave it all–thus it is a call to worship (as you said) to give our all. A sacrifice can’t hold back certain parts of him/herself. They can’t say, “sure, I’ll be a sacrifice, just don’t hurt me too much.” A sacrifice gives its life, its all.

  2. Being the temple of the Holy Spirit means God lives within us — a striking idea/truth. When we welcome God to express His glory through us, nothing is impossible. Unity and love are natural results of God-in-us. Amen, Eric. Carley

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