Peter wrote that you, the believer in Jesus Christ, are a royal, holy priesthood and while it may not seem like it at times, God sees you as such all the time- because of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, the Levites were the worship priesthood, leading the way into battle, living a life set apart for the Lord (for more on the Levites and their foundational worship structure, read the full book, “The Way of the Worshipper”!). So, we know that God has always set apart the worshipper for Himself, and has laid out a series of blessings that are directly tied to the obedience of worship. Yet many, many people feel the burden of routine worship, or experience no benefits of a connection to the vital, living Spirit of God in worship because they are not walking as the royalty God called them to be. Remember that worship is a lifestyle, not a singular event.
It comes down to this one this: Sacrifice.
Peter wrote that you were created, and living as stones in the house of God for a reason: to offer up spiritual sacrifices to the Lord. You know that there is no longer a requirement for the literal blood of animals to cover sin because Jesus shed His innocent blood, once and for all. However, there is still a sacrifice required to enter the presence of God: you. When you enter into worship, you must come as a willing sacrifice. You were designed to offer up spiritual sacrifices- that is literally you. You are the spiritual sacrifice, laying down yourself before God in worship. Your burdens- cast aside. Your inhibitions in dancing, raising your hands, shouting- cast aside. Your pain, shame, sin, unforgiveness- cast aside. Your worries about what others will think- cast aside. You are the “spiritual sacrifice” the Bible points to. You must sacrifice yourself to worship God and to connect with His Spirit as you praise Him, as you minister to Him.
Worship royalty come to church and submit to the King, they obey the King’s commands and walk in victory with their heads held high. Spiritual paupers come to church and wonder why they’re not experiencing what everyone else seems to have.
Romans 12:1 says that you must present your body as a living sacrifice and that is holy and acceptable to Him. Hebrews 13:15 says you are to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, the fruit of your lips, giving thanks to His name- that’s praise and worship! That is how worship royalty behaves, the sons and daughters of the King know how to connect with Him, how to worship Him, they know what draws the Kings attention: Sacrifice. Worship royalty come to church and submit to the King, they obey the King’s commands and walk in victory with their heads held high. Spiritual paupers come to church and wonder why they’re not experiencing what everyone else seems to have. Which are you?
Thought for today
You were called and designed to live life as worship royalty, continually offering yourself as a sacrifice before God. That is how royalty lives and behaves. Worship is a lifestyle. A spiritual pauper begs for God’s attention and feels they never receive it. Why? Because they are unwilling to sacrifice themselves. A sacrifice hurts. A sacrifice should hurt. Some people fear the pain, while others are willing to do anything it takes to connect with God because they know He’s worth it, and that His promises for the worshipper are always yes, and amen!