That all it took for me to worship was to repeat the words that I saw on the screen.
And that I was done with “worship” when I stepped out of the doors of my church building.
But the truth is… that’s when most of my worship really begins.
It took me some time to realize that I’ve had it all backwards for so many years.
That worship was more than singing words off a screen.
That is isn’t a Sunday morning routine that we must repeat.
No, worship is so much more than that.
It is the daily lifestyle that we live.
A lifestyle in response to the greatness of our God.
I love how Lauren Demoss puts it: “Worship is born in our hearts, not on our lips. It is a life-style, not only a segment of a church service.”
According to Michael Morrison in his article on worship the Hebrew and Greek definition of worship include two types of ways that we can worship.
The first way is to bow down and to kneel as an act of respect and submission and the second way is to serve by doing something for God.
As Billy Graham says “the the highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service.”
To worship means to recognize the worth of another and to respond to it.
When I think about worship a story that vividly comes to mind is the one in Matthews 13 of the man who finds a treasure hidden in a field and then he sold everything he had just to buy that field for himself.
Even though it may have seemed irrational to the people around him, to him it was worth it and he did whatever he could to get it
In the same way, God is our greatest treasure here on earth and in heaven and because of that it is our life purpose to show Him as well as the world around us what He is worth to us.
And the way we show it is through our priorities, through our words, through our choices, through our actions, and through our lifestyle.
True worship is honoring God above all, putting Him at the center of our existence and giving our life away to serving Him by serving others just like He first served us.
True worship is stewarding our money in a way that better serves His kingdom, not just ourselves.
True worship using our abilities, our gifts, and our talents not for our own glory or gain but for His.
True worship is giving Him the best of ourselves.
Just like in the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4) we must give God what matters most as Abel did when he gave God the first fruits of His flock instead of Cain who gave Him some of his fruit.
God should always be getting the first of our everything, not the leftovers.
Not the leftovers of our time, or our energy, or our money.
As Rick Warren says, “our calendars and credit cards reveal what we worship.”
It’s that simple.
It’s not just the words that we sing on Sunday morning that reveal who worship, it’s the life that we live the rest of the week.
Worship isn’t just where you are lifting up your hands to heaven praising God, it’s also where you use your hands to lift the burdens of people around you and to bring glory to God through the way you love and serve others.
Worship is so much more than singing words to God, it’s living them out daily to the people around us.
It’s evident through our behavior more than in our words.
Today, are you worshiping God with more than your words but also with your works?
Do you give you Him first priority in your time, in your thoughts, in your plans?
Have you like the man who discovered the treasure in the field, chose to live a life of seeking Christ with all your heart and giving away everything to glorify Him?
Next time you are at church raising your hands and singing praises to God remember lifting Him up with your words is only a small (but very important) part of worship.
The rest of your worship begins outside the door of the church in your home, at your job, in your school, and everywhere you go.
Make sure to worship Him well there just as much as you worship Him in your prayer closet and at church service.
Be blessed and never stop worshiping Christ!-Anna…♥
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” –Romans 12:1