“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Romans 12:1 KJV
A major part of our daily activities involve either offering service to or receiving service from someone else or a corporate organization. The goal is usually to please the person on the receiving end.
Let’s paint relatable scenarios here.
Do you feel excited when you receive the CCI newsletter addressed specifically to you? Do you get dissatisfied when the network connection on your phone begins to act up? Do you feel important and impressed when you get promos or discounts from your favourite brand?
While the variables for each service differs, the general perception to service is usually from the viewpoint of the served and rarely that of the service provider.
We all desire personalized service that brings us utmost satisfaction. Interestingly, God wants our service to Him that way too.
A study through the books of the Bible shows how God was deliberate in the service He requested from men. From the Old Testament, we see God give specific details about the design of the temple, the kind and quality of items found there, the spec of animals to be sacrificed, amongst other things.
God was particularly interested in the calibre of people He wanted to serve at the temple. Little wonder He consecrated the Levite generation, gave them unique instructions and made them different from the other tribes in Israel.
“Their brethren also the Levites were appointed unto all manner of service of the tabernacle of the house of God.”
1 Chronicles 6:48 KJV
Also see 1 Chronicles 23:24-32
Dear believer, you are now God’s servant- set apart for His sevice. In fact, your perfect description is found in 1 Peter 2:9.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9 AMP
Did you rejoice at the sound of that? He purchased you! And what does the purchased of the Lord have to do now? Show forth His praises, declare His goodness, shine His light. This is what pleases Him.
This is true worship!
A friendly reminder folks, we must not be “…slothful in business; [but] fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” (Romans 12:11).
We must offer service that God views as reasonable to Him.