Real worship requires surrender to God

Message By: Pastor Armin Sommer
Summary By: Scott McCrea

The kind of worship that Romans 12:1 describes is individual, our “solo” encounters with God.

What Worship Is (and is not)

To worship the Lord is to acknowledge the worth of God.  It’s not about getting from God; it’s about giving to God.

  • Worship can be a delightful celebration. (Psalm 37:4)
  • Worship can also be humbling.

One of the words used of worship in the old testament means to “bow low”, in recognition of God’s position as sovereign over us.

And we don’t “give worship” in order to get something from Him.  That treats God more like our broker than our Sovereign. (Romans 11:35)

  • Worship may be an Offering. (Romans 12:1, Deuteronomy 6:5, 1 Corinthians 10:31).

That requires us to abandon old loyalties and commit to new ones.  It is to “present yourself” to a new master.  It is to choose new priorities.

  • Worship is a “Living Sacrifice”

A living sacrifice is something we joyfully offer to God’s use because we are full of gratitude for what God has given.  Result: It’s life-giving.

Why We Worship

Romans 12:1

The reason that undergirds our worship is the extent of God’s mercies to us.  2 Corinthians 1:3 calls God the “Father of mercies.”  It describes God’s patience and kindness to us when we deserve judgment, discipline, and consequences.

Grace is God giving us what we do not deserve; Mercy is God withholding what we do deserve.  God’s mercy can feel “severe” and even abrupt.  But it is mercy, nonetheless.  Even difficult and painful circumstances may actually be providential mercies.  God’s mercy follows you wherever you go Psalm 23:6.  That should move you to worship.

How We Worship

  • We Worship By Presenting Ourselves

“To present” refers to the voluntary submission of myself to the authority of another.  It is “to stand as a servant before one’s master.” When we come to realize who God wants to be in our lives, it transforms the way we see ourselves in relation to God.

As a result, you no longer read the Bible, engage in devotional activities, or service because it's on “the list”.   Rather, it's because you know 1 Corinthians 6:19, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price.”  And what was the currency God used to buy us? - the precious blood of Christ.  (1 Peter 1:18–19)

  • This Kind of Worship is Reasonable

Romans 12:1

When we understand what God has done, it just makes sense to worship Him.  This kind of worship doesn’t refer to elaborate ritual; it’s obedience to God’s promptings and commands that grow out of a gratitude for His saving acts. it is the desire to honor God in every corner of my life.  (Deuteronomy 10:12, 1 Corinthians 10:31 )

It is not It’s not life-draining, but life-giving.  God doesn’t ask for an hour a week.  He asks for a life… heart and soul.  And in return, he deepens your appreciation/recognition of his mercies.  It captures our entire being; it is life-giving, and it’s is reasonable.  Why would we settle for less?