I know what some of you may be thinking. You might be confused by this question and answer, “worship is what we do on Sunday morning at church,” or, “I don’t have time to just stop and sing songs about Jesus.” Some of you may be devout in your religion and say, “I read my Bible and had my quiet time this morning.” Perhaps you even sang a song or two, but you did your time with the Lord and now you are happily going about your day. May I suggest that worship is more than a moment? That it is more than singing praise songs, or painting beautiful scenes, or dancing, or bowing, or praying? May I suggest that all of these acts are simply expressions of our continuous devotion to the God of the universe?
For the believer in Jesus, there is no separation between secular life and sacred life. For the Christ-follower, all of life is sacred.
Corporate gatherings are important. Coming together as a body of believers is an essential and wonderful thing. But our personal worship doesn’t end when the band leader says, “Amen,” and the pastor asks us to be seated. True worship extends beyond the walls of the church building and continues throughout everyday life. For the believer in Jesus, there is no separation between secular life and sacred life. For the Christ-follower, all of life is sacred–all of life is lived for the glory of the One who bled and died and rose again so that we could have it. Worship is more than the expressions. Worship is the connection we have with Jesus. Worship is living day-in and day-out in relationship with the Savior.
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” -1 Corinthians 10:31 HCSBSo, how on earth do we do that? How do I live my life for His glory? Well, for starters, you need to fall in love with Jesus. Go back to that time when you first experienced the love of God–that time when, suddenly, you knew beyond all doubt that He loves you. And if you have never encountered the love of God like this, then ask Him right now, “How much do you love me?” and listen for His answer. Then do as Paul instructs the Corinthian church, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory” (1 Corinthians 10:31, HCSB) This covers how we relate to other people (ie. avoiding things that cause others to stumble), but it also describes how we relate to God. So, if I am exercising, I’m exercising for God’s glory. If I am doing yard-work, it’s for God’s glory. If I’m playing video games, I play for God’s glory. If I have an essay to write, I write it for His glory. If I have math homework, it will be done in His name and for His glory! It means I give my best and I acknowledge Him in everything. And boy does it take effort sometimes!
In this day, with all of the distractions and business of technology and sports and band and school and chores and social media, it is easy to go entire days and forget to even acknowledge the Lord’s presence in our lives. But, if love is worth anything, it is worth the fight. It takes work. Even Jesus acknowledged that when He rebuked the church in Ephesus, “Think about those times of your first love (how different now!) and turn back to me again and work as you did before” (Revelation 2:5 TLB). Living a life of worship, walking with God, keeping your love for Jesus burning, takes work, but it is well worth it. So, did you worship today?