Romans 12:1

No Flower of Scotland Friday post today….because this is what is on my heart just now…

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship”

Romans 12:1

Earlier this year, I started a new blog – Grace Note Showers – as I had a few people asking me to talk more about worship. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve failed on that front!

Worshipping God has been something that I became interested in when I started on Alpha Couse…way back in January 2002, and ended up being invited to sing in the church worship band (they didn’t realise I wasn’t a Christian yet).

I used to get really self conscious when people told me they liked to listen in to me singing if they were standing near me in church. There was a bit of a journey to getting me singing and leading worship. What did it mean to be a worship leader anyway?

So I studied it a lot.

Not just the music stuff, but what it meant to worship God individually, with others and with all our heart, mind, body and soul.

I’m still learning.

But recently I’ve been pondering a couple of things…

1. Worshipping God when it hurts

2. Worshipping God with all our lives

So once again, I’m asking for your feedback. I want to hear your stories, particularly on the second one.

I’d love to get some guest bloggers willing to chat about their journey in living out their faith wherever God has called them to be.

You see, we’re all disciples. We’re all missionaries.

Whether we’re pastors, working for Christian organisations, teachers, doctors, community education workers, secretaries, outdoor education instructors, stay-at-home parents, architects, surveyors, filmmakers, shop assistants, regular hospital patients, accountants or IT consultants…

I really believe God is in all that stuff. Do you believe it too?

Are we open to the opportunities it can bring?

And what challenges does it bring, and how can we as your brothers and sisters support you and pray for you?

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2 thoughts on “Romans 12:1

  1. We’ve had some teaching on what this means from time to time.

    And a lot of it comes down to being able to put in place that other great “what the?” – praying without ceasing.

    They go hand in hand. When we get to that place where Jesus truly is Lord of everything, praying without ceasing is a constant dialogue going on in the background at all times…backed up by times of reading the Word, soaking in the Spirit, seeking God – times dedicated to Him – the Source of Life!

    So at all the other times…eating lunch, talking with friends, discussing politics, doing business deals, whatever…to worship with all our lives is a natural outflow from Jesus being truly Lord of all of it.

    I pray for a lot of things…when people tweet a prayer need and I’m around, I’ll pray. that doesn’t necessarily mean I stop and pray for 20 minutes and make a fuss about it (like, say, a pharisee). It just means that the background banter I have with God becomes intercession for that need for that moment. Then I leave it with Him.

    Cos most of the time I’m not actually speaking, I’m talking to God, and then trying to make sure I listen back. That’s praying without ceasing, worshipping with all our lives. Where He really does invade your every moment.

    People ask me why I smile most of the time. I really believe this is why. Even when I’m a bit depressed, I’m usually smiling without even knowing it. It doesn’t mean I don’t have issues…it does mean my first thought is (nearly always) Lord, help me…and wait on Him for an answer, though I still want to take control back myself.

    Sorry…that was long, and likely didn’t really say much that’s not really obvious either…

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