What makes you tick? When your alarm goes off in the morning, what is something you can instantly think of that makes getting out of bed somewhat tolerable?
I know that for a lot of people, it’s coffee (me included). For others of you, it may be knowing its Friday or having a day off from work/school. Sometimes it’s knowing that you are going to a super exciting place that day like Disney Land or Six Flags.
For some of you, waking up in the morning is not at all a big deal, but for others, it’s excruciating! (for the latter, I feel your pain!) Even if you have the greatest, most joy filled job or time at school, EVERYONE has days where they would rather hide under a rock or stay under the covers than face the challenges of the day.
There are so many times where I personally need a reality check in my life. I often forget that my time is not owned by me and not just my time, but my belongings, my money, my talents, even my loved ones! My entire life and existence is really a song of praise to my Creator!
EVERY part of my day should be an act of worship to my King and Redeemer. Notice, I did not say that every part of my life IS an act of worship to my King and Redeemer. The first sentence is the goal. The second sentence is the reality.
Most of the time, we think of worship as something we go to, hang out or participate in for about an hour, and then take off and get on with our life. What would happen if we changed our view of what worship is? What if it became the very essence of who we were, how we lived, and how we treated people? What if it changed the way we viewed ourselves as a person? What if it effected our driving? (Okay, the last one may be a stretch, but is it?!)
Worship is a constant conversation between God and us. God always begins the conversation and in turn, we respond. Our response is what evokes a state of worship and this can take place anywhere. Take note that worship should be more than singing songs during a worship services and even listening to them in the car during the week. This is good, but worship always includes action. “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” -James 1:22. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” -James 1:27.
Worship is a parent patiently carting their kids around to and from school and activities. Worship is having difficult but necessary conversations with people or making unpopular but right decisions. Worship is forgiving a friend, spouse, acquaintance, or enemy and praying for them.
Are any of these examples something you immediately think of when hearing the word, “worship”? Sadly, they don’t for me, but it is something that I am striving to keep in the forefront of my mind. If our only time worshiping Jesus Christ is for an hour on the weekends, does that really sound like a lifestyle to you? To me, it kind of sounds like a hobby. Don’t get me wrong. Regularly attending corporate worship (worshiping with other people) is beneficial, necessary in the Christian life and something that we are called to do, but don’t just stop there! Let’s begin allowing that Sunday morning corporate worship to take root in our hearts and minds and spread to all parts of our day to day lives.
Worship is a lifestyle. When we fold the laundry for our spouse or empty the dishwasher for our parents with a joyful and willing spirit, we are giving glory to God- active worship! When we teach our children the difference between right and wrong and make sacrifices for them, we are glorifying Christ by being responsible with whom He has placed within our care. This kind of worship is something that should saturate our very being and overflow into the lives of those around us. If your view of worship begins at the start of Sunday morning’s service and stops an hour later at the end, you are missing out on some of God’s richest blessings in your life as well as failing to bless people who God has specifically placed in your life for you to serve and love.
Next time you hear your alarm go off in the morning, think about how getting out of bed and being faithful to your God-given calling in life is an act of worship to Him. It may not always be easy and it certainly is not always convenient, but you know how many things go, the more you practice the better you get. We will never be perfect, but the more you look at your life as a constant state of worshiping our Triune God, the more you will begin to see His mark on everything in your life and His hand in everything within the world around you. Our Sanctifier has given us a beautiful gift and that is conversation with Him. Use it. Share it. Worship!
Emily came from San Diego, California and joined the Shepherd of the Hills staff in 2017. She graduated with her undergraduate degree and DPM certification in music from Concordia University, Irvine and is currently working on her masters degree in choral conducting at Concordia University, Wisconsin.