“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.”
As I was watching an online worship service this past Sunday morning, I was having trouble settling into it. My mind was distracted, and I didn’t feel like singing along with the worship team. It actually took until the middle of the second song for me to engage.
I felt a little guilty but then an amusing, and also true, thought occurred to me. Most mornings I have muscle stiffness in my body, and I realized that sometimes my worship “muscles” start out that way, too.
The cure for both is similar, I think: taking time right at the beginning of my day to warm up. For my physical muscles, yoga and other stretches will do the trick. But for my spirit, I need to turn my attention to God and spend some time with Him.
Expressing my gratitude and love first thing is like rekindling a flame that starts to warm my heart. Then I can move on to lifting up praises and requests. Pretty soon, I’m “limbered up” for the day, ready to move and embrace being that living sacrifice that God desires.
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