Spiritual Sacrifice and Worship

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 12:1 ESV.

Spiritual sacrifice and worship are different from physical worship and sacrifice. Spiritual sacrifice and worship have a direct relationship with our soul. Accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior allows us to worship God in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24). We can only worship God in this way (through Spirit and Truth). That is to say, the objects of physical worship and sacrifice (sacrificing money, animals, physical possessions or ‘worshipping’ God by singing hymns or going to church) are not the ‘real’ ways we worship God (since Jesus provided a new and truer way to worship God). Why are these physical examples not true worship? The answer may be that anyone can complete these acts and still not accept Jesus Christ as his or her Savior. Of course, the objects of physical worship and sacrifice will manifest, in unique ways, when one offers spiritual worship and sacrifice. Nevertheless, it is more important to live while spiritually worshipping and sacrificing. Thus, living a Christian lifestyle outweighs observing a Christian lifestyle. In other words, praising God by earnestly loving everyone is truer than praising God by singing a thousand hymns and not loving anyone.

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