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 – Romans 12:1I grew up never knowing that worship was more than just singing a song. For me, worship was the tradition of standing in a sanctuary sharing the responsibility of holding the hymnal we were singing from. It was not until college that I learned that worship is an incredible daily journey with the Lord. Since then worship has become a way of life where I try to “offer my body as a living sacrifice”. Christ says that this type of worship is a sacrifice because our human nature strives to do the direct opposite of what Christ considers holy and pleasing. In my everyday life this type of worship includes, among other things, reading and obeying His word, caring for my children in a Godly way, speaking words of encouragement and in all things giving Him the glory. Yes, it sounds good and spiritual, but as most of you know living it out is definitely a sacrifice. The icing on the cake, for me, is worshiping through music. As icing is rich and bold so are my personal and corporate worship times. It’s the outflow of all the other ways I worship Him. This is where I can become engulfed in God’s love for me and in giving Him the praise He deserves. I have come, over a period of time, to feel free in raising my hands, bowing and just getting excited before the Lord. This freedom comes with yet another price of sacrifice, the price of pushing aside feelings of humiliation and striving toward the excitement of knowing my God in a deeper way. I pray that you will join me on the daily journey of sacrificing your ways so that you can please God with a life of worship. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Yes. There isn’t a destination point or an arrival time. It’s a journey that takes a lifetime but makes you more alive with each step. God, show us way to offer our bodies as a living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to You. Amen. Striving for Him, Markey Motsinger
I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Markey. She is more than a friend, really. She’s a great Bible teacher who often gives me insight and she is also helping me lead the women’s ministry at our LifeChurch.tv OKC Campus. She is the wife of Ryan, who serves as the Life Groups/Missions pastor with my husband and is the mother of three precious, little girls. I know you’ll be blessed by what she’s written below.