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Oftentimes, when believers think of the term “worship,” their minds immediately turn to music. The beginning of a church service (otherwise known as a worship service) is usually filled with songs of adoration that lift up the name of the Lord. This expression of praise certainly is an act of worship, but once the last song is sung before the sermon, our “worship” mindset turns off, and we close the “worship” chapter of the service. I want to challenge this misconception that worship ends when we finish singing at church, and help us see how worship is something that should permeate our lives as God becomes the absolute center of everything we do.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of “worship” is, “to honor or show reverence for a divine being or supernatural power.” I’m certain you would agree that there are so many more ways beyond singing in which we “honor or show reverence for” our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer, for example, is a very simple way that we give honor to God. Taking time to meditate and speak with Him is paramount to our relationship with Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
The will of God is that we pray WITHOUT ceasing!
We show honor and reverence through obedience to the Word of God; therefore, pray throughout the day, give thanks no matter what, and rejoice! God is glorified when we follow His commands.
In a similar vein, reading the Bible is an act of worship! Isn’t it amazing how God gives us so many simple ways to show reverence to Him?
Simply opening your Bible and reading the Word is honoring to Him.
In addition to our personal time in the Word, attending church and listening to the sermon is another way we worship God. Our pastors spend time reading, gleaning, and researching the Word to present to us for our growth as believers. Showing up to church, participating in community, paying attention to the sermon, and having hearts that are open to the message are all ways we show reverence to God.
Closely tied to our corporate worship, communion is another beautiful act of reverence.
We set aside specific time with other believers to meditate on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ!
When we obey this command from Jesus by taking the cup and bread together, we reflect on the ultimate sacrifice He made for us, and worship Him through remembrance (Luke 22:19).
But worship doesn’t stop with just the “spiritual” practices.
Giving of our time, talents, and treasures daily are all acts of worship that bring glory to God.
Matthew 6:21 says, “where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” Showing God that our treasure is invested in His kingdom (through our giving and service) is giving Him honor and reverence.
My challenge to you is the same as Paul’s in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Everything that we do as unto the Lord is a sacrifice – an act of worship – for God. As you read your Bible; pray before a meal with your family; listen to a sermon; spend time in a Core Group discussing the Word; give of your resources to serve– understand that these are ALL acts of worship, and give them the weight that they deserve.