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.
Romans 12 has commonly been considered to be speaking about the spiritual gifts of believers. While I can see why some may think that I think it’s an incomplete view considering the context of the chapter. What Romans 12 actually gives is great insight into spiritual worship and our role in it. Interestingly it says nothing about songs, posture, or protocol.
As we read above, Paul encourages us to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God”. This, he refers to as our spiritual worship. The question is, how do we do that? How do we truly worship God in that way?
Paul gives us a list (non exhaustive) in this chapter that we can use to understand what this worship looks like. Here a few he mentions.
- showing mercy
- showing honor
These are only a few of the ways Paul reveals as worship towards God. Notice anything strange about Paul’s list? Almost all of the things he mentions are directed towards other people and not towards God directly.
You cannot truly worship God without others.
Our spiritual worship is shown in our relationships, our willingness to engage others in love, and out ability to put others first. It doesn’t matter how many songs you sing, prayers you lift up, verses you memorize, or sermons you listen to. If you isolate yourself from others, you hinder your ability to worship God. And ultimately to even know Him.
What other ways might we participate in true worship?