A Holy and Acceptable Offering

Read: Romans 12:1-4

Present your bodies as a living sacrifice . . . which is your spiritual worship. (v. 1)

Every Sunday, Christians gather to worship God—in person at church, with family members at home, or virtually online. We often think of “worship” as singing or praying. Both of these are a part of worship. But what we’re ultimately called to is a life of worship. As Christians, we sacrifice our wants and needs, our desires and will, to follow God. Sunday morning singing is a reflection of that deeper truth.

What is the significance of sacrifice? A sacrifice in the Old Testament is the means to forgive sins. Based on Leviticus 17:11, Hebrews 9:22 says, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Jesus gave his blood for our sins, and we are called to live for him by sacrificing our desires and lives for him. Our bodies, as temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19), are the means by which we give thanks to God for what he has done for us through Christ.

In our daily activities, our entire beings should be serving God. Our thoughts should honor him; our feelings should express great joy and not be wasted on self-serving, fleeting experiences. When our hearts and minds are in tune with God, the world sees our living sacrifice. —Steve Wierenga

As you pray, ask God to help you become more like him, that your sacrifice may be pleasing to him.

About the Author

Steve Wierenga holds an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary. He is currently working on a Th.M. at Denver Seminary in Old Testament studies. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steve currently resides in Littleton, Colorado with his wife Rachel.