>Romans 12:1-2

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. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (MSG)

Most versions that we read use words like “living sacrifices.” These concepts are easily disconnected from the course of our everyday life. I like how Eugene Peterson explains this familiar passage in The Message.

God isn’t looking for some sort of added on spiritual component to our lives. He wants us to fully surrender all that we have and all that we are. In God’s view, brushing our teeth is just as spiritual as raising our voices in worship. We are spiritual beings. Everything we do is spiritual.

We are whole beings. God wants us to worship Him with our whole selves.

As you go about your day today, what things would you be tempted to think are completely “unspiritual”? I would encourage you to stop during the course of your day and remember that God is with you. What you do is important to him.

Copyright © 2009 Allen White

Scripture quotations taken from The Message. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. All rights reserved.