“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
In the Old Testament praise was the expression of thanksgiving and celebration of what God had done, and worship was the expression of exaltation and adoration for who God is, however in the New Testament, worship is taken to another level; one that could not be experienced by those who lived in the age prior to Christ. Worship by those who are disciples of Christ is not only the expression of exaltation and adoration of who God is, but the conforming in our lives to the nature of His life. That our bodies express in behavior, lifestyle and attitude the evidence of a new life we have been reborn into by His Spirit. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. (Galatians 5:22-24). “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” (Colossians 3:15).
Worship is not simply cased in the lyrics of a song or in the tempo of music, but proven by a life that has sacrificed it’s flesh; with all its desires, lusts and passions by faith to the new life of the Spirit bearing evidence of that new life in the way we think and conduct ourselves in the world we live. This is when our lives become the fragrance of worship in Christ that God desires. “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;” (2Corinthians 2:15).
If the depth of our worship remains at the place of just our songs and momentary expressions of emotional sensations; if it’s void of a consistent life of holiness, righteousness and godliness evidence of a life bathed in mercy, garnished by grace, and lead by love then our worship falls short of the desired substance that attracts God’s presence. As Jesus himself said, “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:22-23). When our lives become attractive to His presence then our existence brings alignment with the world we live in to His perfect will He rules in from Heaven. ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)