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. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The man who wrote that was a history maker in expanding Christianity into Asia and Europe. Paul was one super hard working apostle, church planter, preacher and servant of the Lord, and he wrote –
“this is your true and proper worship”
What was he talking about?
Our renewal, transformation, sanctification, devotion and commitment unto the Lord as a living witness that God is good, perfect and wonderful! That Jesus is indeed the Savior of mankind! The same Jesus who will return as KING of Kings and LORD of Lords
Isn’t that amazing?
Our good Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who saved us from the bondage of sins and death will not leave us as we are because He knew the root cause of all our life problems.
In the beginning, we were created to serve The Creator, but mankind had sinned and serve themselves instead. So now we live in this world of human expectation and meritocracy.
We grew up with the world’s ideas of credits, credibility, performances and results, we actually failed head-on when serving Jesus, if we don’t first clear our minds and hearts what it really means to serve God in a meaningful way that will produce fruits that will last.
Living in this world, very often we have too much human expectations and demands to deal with. But the best we can do is pay attention to the words of Jesus –
be transformed by the renewing of your mind
Using Jesus as our best example, I believe there is no other person who ever lived on earth, and had that close a relationship with the Father in heaven. Jesus was 100% devoted, committed, united in heart and mind with the Father in heaven.
God Himself testified –
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.
Yes, we still have a lot to learn from Jesus. The best we can learn from Jesus is His devotion and commitment to the Father in heaven. The best of Christian service and worship we can do for our Lord and Savior is to follow His ways –
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
The key theme of what was written in Hebrews 10:5-7 is obedience and fulfillment of the will of the Father in heaven.
There will be inconvenience and sacrifice of our own will, but it is a test of our faithfulness to Jesus. This is what it means to serve God first and foremost.
People who are “worldly minded” use “happiness index” to determine the will of God but that can be misleading.
True worship and service to Jesus is all about –
obedience and doing the will of our Father in heaven
Our basics of obedience is in our devotion and commitment to
These are the things which translate to real meaningful Christian worship and services, and our Father in heaven will bless us when we do so.
There will be inconvenience and sacrifices, but we are moving towards a better future with Jesus.
This is our best defense against human expectation and demands, and “worldly mindedness”. We don’t have to do things to satisfy human expectation and demands, both others and our own, especially in this era of “political correctness”, “seeking men’s approval”, and “popularity votes” from various opinions.
But we definitely need to do things which please our Father in heaven.
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Of course I am not saying we should just sit around and be lazy. Mary was paying attention to what Jesus had taught her about the kingdom of God so that she can apply and put to practice. This is the same Mary who anointed Jesus with ointment, but was ridiculed by those who attend the diner with the Lord.
Jesus defended her saying
Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
How did she knew Jesus was going to die, while the rest of the disciples and guests were busy eating and some discussed about who should be the greatest?
Answer – she did what was pleasing to the Lord, knowing the will of the Father in heaven.
Mary practiced what she learned from Jesus, and pleased the Father is heaven.
Jesus is approved of God.
Likewise we can be approved of God when we do things Jesus’ way Jesus’ method.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.