This morning we are going to get out of bed and go to church to worship God and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus our Lord. Some of us will sit in our quiet place before church and think about what we are celebrating and Who we are worshipping today. A few of us will even use today as a time to forgive those who have wronged us and pray for our enemies, both as individuals and as a nation. These are all good and acceptable ways to honor our Lord on this day of remembrance.

There is, however, a deeper commitment required by the sacrifice that Jesus made and especially by the mercy of a triune God who would free us from our sins. That is the commitment we need to make to give our lives back to God, to rededicate our time and talents to worshipping Him by offering all that we are as a living sacrifice. By giving each day to the pursuit of His will, by seeing each person we meet through His eyes, by being a servant of all, we become more like Him and we learn to please Him in all things.

Romans 12:1 (NIV) 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.