Athlete, Worship With Your Full Self

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1,2

In Paul's letter to the Romans he wants to encourage and challenge them with a new idea of worship. In the Old Testament, sacrifice meant you offered a dead animal on an alter as a way to atone for your sins and please God. Because of Jesus, the old sacrificial system ceased to exist (because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, negating the need for any future sacrifice). But Paul uses the language "living sacrifices" in Romans 12. What is he trying to communicate?

He is saying that God wants us to offer our full selves to Him. It means we live a life where we are constantly putting other's needs before our own. This is worship!

Application: How can you live with an other's centered view today and worship God? Try this: look at your teammates and coaches as image bearers of God. Think of a few simple ways to serve each of them today. And then do it. Encourage a teammate. Listen to your coach. Tell someone they are doing a great job. Pick up after someone.

Find a way to serve. Be a living sacrifice. Let that be your spiritual act of worship today.





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