Close your eyes, because we’re going on a field trip. After weeks of anticipation for a concert, you are standing in a crowded stadium, packed to the brim with people excited to ‘get their worship on’ (It sounds incredibly cheesy… just try to bear with me!). The lights dim, the music starts, and people all around you are lifting their hands in praise and admiration to their awesome and heavenly Father. And as the Lord stirs your heart you just wish that it could always be like this: that you could just worship forever. Unfortunately, you know that the moment you sit back in your car and the worship has ended, it’s back to life as usual.
What would you say if I told you that this doesn’t have to be the case? How would you feel if I said that worship can happen every day, not just at church or during really awesome worship concerts?
I know, try to contain your excitement.
It’s true though! Worship goes so much further than just a great song we sing on Sunday mornings. Not to say that this is a bad thing; it’s just not the big picture. Worship can be seen and felt in the everyday of life. Our words, our actions, even our thoughts are all meant to bring praise and glory to Jesus Christ. Just take a look at this:
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. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
Woah. Let’s think about that for just a second. What does it mean to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, and how does that have anything to do with worship?
Don’t get freaked out. God is not asking us to give human sacrifices. The idea of a ‘living sacrifice’ simply means to surrender, or ‘sacrifice’, your life to God’s will to do with it as He deems best. You see, when we live in worship of God, we are not only meant to point our thoughts but everything we do towards Christ.
This really sheds a new light on things, doesn’t it? If what these verses say are true, then worship really should be a daily thing, shouldn’t it? The way we act towards people, the words that come out of our mouths, the thoughts that are constantly bombarding our minds, even the way that we treat our bodies all point toward the same person: Christ.
Does this mean we should be striving to live out worship every day? The answer is yes! The way we live every day should scream to people, Wow, this person really loves Jesus! But even more, it should radiate to Christ, “I love and worship You and you only.”