Ponder A Little (Blog)
|Posted on April 6, 2019 at 9:55 AM|
Many church goers commonly view worship as something that occurs on Sunday mornings when they are singing or praying. Don’t get me wrong, these are two very important parts of a church service. But what people perhaps don’t realize, is that worship is actually a whole lot bigger than that.
I think we all know what worship generally means. To be clear, the dictionary defines it as, “to honor with great or extravagant respect or devotion” (Webster). Worship is all about glorifying God!
The Bible teaches 2 different aspects of worship.
The first part involves our “acts of worship”. These are obviously the things that we do. But worship is not just done on Sundays, it is an everyday event. And there is more than one or two ways to do it. In fact, there are countless ways to worship. Our lives are meant to be an ongoing instrument of beautiful worship to God. This would include not only singing and praying, but also serving, giving, encouraging, loving, joyfulness, peace-making, gratitude and so much more. Anything we do that gives glory and honour to God, is worship (1 Cor. 10:31, John 15:8, Heb. 13:16).
The second aspect of worship is explained in Romans 12:1 where it says,
“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.” (NIV)
As Christians, the only true purpose of our lives is to glorify God. And the best way to do that is to give Him our very lives in complete devotion. It is a natural response of gratitude to God for His boundless love for us and His gift of salvation (Matt. 16:24-25, Gal. 2:20).
When we understand more fully all that God has done for us, we cannot help but love God above all else. And our loving response to Him is with “acts of worship” and a surrendered heart that wants to live for God and not ourselves.
Jesus said our worship is worthless if we only honor God with our words, while our hearts are far from Him (Matt. 15:8-9).
How is your worship today?
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