Day 5: What is Worship?

If I were to ask you to define worship, what would you say?

If you’re like most young believers present in the Church today, you’d probably respond with “singing at church”, and who can blame you?

Everybody knows that worship is the fun, vibey twenty-five minutes of singing before the sermon. We have literally titled this section of our service “Praise & Worship”, and those who lead it “worship pastors” or “worship leaders”. It’s just about impossible to use the word worship in Christian circles today, and not think of praise and worship. And yet, while I love praise and worship with all of my heart (#futureworshippastor), worship is so much more than a couple of songs on a Sunday morning.

Re-Defining Worship

What is true worship? I’ve found that it’s easiest to understand the meaning of the word worship by using it in a sentence, so I want you to think of it this way: Whatever you love most is what you will worship. Period. No exceptions. It is not possible for a person to love one thing, and to worship another.

When I was younger, I played soccer in my community’s recreation club. While I was never very good, I found myself “winning” a trophy every single year. How? Our culture is obsessed with so-called “equality”. It is becoming more and more politically incorrect for us to declare winners and losers, regardless of the natural ability present in some or the natural ability lacking in others. The reality of it is, however, that there is only one winner. To quote famous golfer Tiger Woods, “If you come in second, you’re just the first loser.” You can’t have two winners, however hard you may try. In the same way, you can’t worship two things. One will always come out on top. It’s just the way it is.

Apply It!

Identify the idols that are present in your life. Think through the different things that occupy your thought life. Where does your mind drift when you have a moment of spare time? Sports? Music? (#ifeelyou) Video Games? Make a commitment today to spend a little less time doing whatever it is that you feel has become an idol, and a little more time with God.


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