Rule of Life Series: Worship

Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 150

Worship is a lifetime’s worth of exploration.  We worship the name of Jesus, offering our souls and bodies to be transformed that our whole beings may be filled with His presence as we are living temples of the Holy Spirit.

When you hear the word worship, what comes to mind?

Many of us think about singing in a church service, or bowing down to someone or something.  Worship is more than these acts; worship is life.  We are all worshiping something with our life whether we know it or not.  Some worship money, others worship self.  There are a number of things that people worship, but how many of us are truly worshipping God with our lives?  What exactly does this look like?

Whatever your main focus is in life is what you are worshiping.  If you are more concerned about money than anything else that means that you are most likely worshiping money.  If you love sports and are constantly watching Sports Center, checking updates, and watching games, you may be worshiping sports.  It all comes down to how we spend our time and what is most valuable to us in life.  Sometimes we may be spending our time doing good things, but if we are not living for God’s glory then we are not worshiping God.  It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish with your actions.  If you are doing things for your glory then you are not allowing God to receive the glory.  This is a tough reality for Christians to be faced with but it is necessary.

Too often Christians aren’t allowing God to be God.  Instead, we make ourselves to be God without really recognizing it.  We don’t intend to do this, but sometimes this just occurs.  Let God be God.  Live for his glory and not your own.  Worship God with your life, rather than focusing so much on your own desires.  This is not an easy task, but this is what God desires from us.

Take some time this week to reflect on your life.

  • What are you spending a majority of your time doing?
  • How do we find time for God in our crazy schedules?
  • What can this look like for you from day to day?
  • How do you allow God to be God?
  • What needs to change in your life today?

“You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.”

-St. Augustine

“That is what worship is all about. It is the glad shout of praise that arises to God the creator and God the rescuer from the creation that recognizes its maker, the creation that acknowledges the triumph of Jesus the Lamb. That is the worship that is going on in heaven, in God’s dimension, all the time. The question we ought to be asking is how best we might join in.”

-N.T. Wright

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