One Minute Musings

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June 11, 2012

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1

In his book The Five Love Languages, family and marriage counsellor Gary Chapman defines the 5 primary methods by which humans express love to the people in their lives: through gifts, physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, and acts of service.

But when it comes to our relationship with the Lord, how do we express our love for Him?

As Paul wrote to the 1st century believers at Rome, he encouraged them to think of themselves as “living sacrifices”, using their bodies in the service of their Lord.

So what does that look like?

Clearly Paul’s example teaches us much: we demonstrate our love for God by serving others – and doing it primarily because we love Him!

For this reason, our motivation is key. How often have I undertaken tasks out of a vague sense of duty? Or because no one else volunteered? Or when someone made me feel guilty if I didn’t get it done?

As a Christ-follower, I need to recognize that whatever I’ve done for Him – this visit to a shut-in, this meal being delivered, this Sunday School class, this week spent working at Bible camp – is my act of “spiritual act of worship”. (As the New King James puts it, this is my “reasonable service”.)

When I serve people because of my devotion to Christ, I am expressing love to Him in His love language.

In helping others, He knows I love Him by how (and why) I serve Him.

Takeaway: The phone rings asking if I will participate in service with/to other Christians (babysitting, making a meal for someone who’s been ill, helping with AWANA). I can see this as a bothersome interruption – or as an opportunity to show my love to the One who loved me first!