Day Five: Reasonable Service

Romans 12:1 (MSG) – So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering.

We have been reflecting and praying through Psalm 123 this week. Read through this psalm again.

“The best New Testament commentary on this psalm is in the final section of Paul’s letter to the Romans…The motivation for service (not coerced, not demanded) is picked up in the phrase “God helping you.” But most significant is the remarkable last phrase logikēn latreian, “place it before God as an offering,” which another translation renders “reasonable service.” The word latreia means “service,” the work one does on behalf of the community. But it also is the base of our word liturgy, the service of worship that we render to God. And it is precisely that service that is logical, reasonable.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction]

Consider how you give service to God among the people of God – is it on behalf of the community or for yourself?

Consider how you view and practice your everyday, ordinary life– is it liturgy, the service of worship rendered to God?

Today, God is helping us. In prayer, let’s bring our bodies, minds, heart desires, goals, career, relationships, marriage or single life, children, finances – and place it before God as an offering. This is how we, as servants and disciples, are to walk the journey until we see Jesus.

– CH