When I was in high school, I went through the Master Life Bible studies with my pastor and some other youth. As part of our study, we memorized Romans 12:1-2.
“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. Do not conform any longer to the patterns 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.”
Reading these verses in context for this week’s lesson opened my eyes to something new.
The verses come right after Paul pauses in his instruction just to worship God (Romans 11:33-36). And they are followed immediately by an encouragement to use our gifts to serve well (Romans 12:5-8).
Part of our living sacrifice and spiritual act of worship is to use our gifts to serve the Church.
So whether you read this lesson or not, be encouraged: Your gifts are for a purpose. They are to honor God and encourage others. Use them as such!