Day Five – Altar Building – Offering and Devoting Ourselves

Romans 11:33, 35-36; 12:1-2
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

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.

Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

The word translated as “devoted” is an important word in Acts.  It means “to be devoted to,” “to hold fast to,” “to continue in,” or “to persevere in” something.  The point is that the four nouns that follow this verb are not just marginal activities but the primary signs of life in the early church. (Pinter, Dean. Acts (The Story of God Bible Commentary))

Prayer:  Lord, in view of your mercy I offer myself to you anew today.  I devote myself to these things that you have given us in our church.  Fill our churches today to live our calling and lead us into Sunday worship together that is pleasing to you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Let’s worship with thanksgiving for our lives and our churches with the song “Grace is on our Side” by Elevation Worship (click here).

– BR