For the past few days you have been able to explore with us a few of the aspects of the Worthiness of our God, our King Jesus the Messiah. Worthy of our respect, worthy of our focus, worthy of our response, worthy of our praise and worship. Every Sunday we congregate together and preform corporate worship together as the unified gathering. But biblically, in truth, does it begin and end there? Half an hour focusing on the presence of the Living God can change a life forever, I’ll admit; but how much more could one life change the lost world around it if it was consistently and holistically surrendered to the design and intent of the Devine Architect. God deserves that half an hour on Sundays; He is Worthy of the praise we will lift up this Friday. However, proclaiming the truth of His Glory and recounting the mighty acts of salvation he has wrought in our lives is not the be-all and end-all of worship.
At the end of Paul’s longest — and arguably most sophisticated — progression of the gospel message, and just before he launches into his section of application, he concludes with this statement: “33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?’ 35 “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?” 36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 11:33-12:2 NKJV). This idea is revolutionary! The will of God — or His plan — is for the redemption of all who have been corrupted by the humanity’s collective rebellion. Our lives, sacrificed and renewed, somehow aid in proving God’s redemptive plan. Paul explains this mystery more in Philippians 2:17: “Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” (NKJV). This idea of a “drink offering” may be foreign to you, but it comes from the books of Exodus and Leviticus. After sacrificing and preparing the animal to be consumed on the altar to the Lord, some wine was poured out thereon simply as a pleasing addition to the Lord. Just as the wine was poured out as a pleasing edition upon the sacrifice of the prepared animal, our lives are to be offered up and poured out upon the perfect sacrifice of Jesus our Christ as an addition to the redemptive story God has been implementing in our midst.
My prayer is that during this week you realized just a little bit more just who it is we serve and how worthy He is. In response to that and all other revelations we have received of our Great Redeemer, I along with Paul plead with you to present your entire selves as living sacrifices to be added to the long list of those who have followed in Jesus’ faithful example. We are providing the space here at Sierra Pines Church tonight at 7:00pm for you all to come join us in offering our bodies through public profession and praise to the one who made it all and gave it all be cause he just really loves to do so!