One of the key pillars in living a gospel-centered life is to be a person (and a collective people) who desire and strive to worship God passionately in both the public and private places in our lives. Paul teaches us that our praise of God, and our devotion to Him, should be on full display in every area of our life, not just on Sunday mornings and a few moments of prayer here and there. This discipline of worship is deeply formative in our Christian character. Whether you recognize it or not, you are shaped by what you worship. If you worship money, you’ll find yourself measuring everything according to whether or not it is profitable for you personally. When you live your life for the glory of God; this is an act of worship that is holy and pleasing to Him. Are you giving God access to the entirety of your life on a regular basis? Your work, your leisure, your family, your habits – everything? In what ways can you offer yourself as a ‘living sacrifice’? Write down one new way you can worship God through the course of your everyday life this week, and try practicing it each day.
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.