“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2.
In the series “Come To Worship, we have been looking at worship. What is it? How do we do it? There are Christians who believe worship is what you do at church when the music is playing. It is that moment when the lyrics grab you, and spiritual feelings flood the soul. But worship is not a worship song. Worship is not the amount you place in the offering. Worship is not volunteering in children’s church. Yes, these may be acts or expressions of worship, but they do not define what true worship really is.
When we distill down the last four weeks of the Come To Worship series, we can sum up worship in the following way: Worship is the acknowledgement of Who God is and what God does. This acknowledgement includes lifting your hands, bringing your gifts, pouring out your heart, and bowing before Him. Worship may be by lip or by life. That is, worship may be either verbal praises and thanksgivings to God for Who He is and what He does, or it may be non-verbal deeds done in acknowledgement of Who He is. Worship is the sum total of living as a Christian. Worship is an attitude of the heart.
Listen to the words of a worship song written in 2006 by Christ Tomlin. In the first verse of “Made to Worship,” we sing that “before the day, before the light, before the world revolved around the sun. God on high, stepped down into time and wrote the story of His love for everyone.” The next verse recognizes and declares that “you and I were made to worship. You and I are called to love. You and I are forgiven and free. When you and I embrace surrender. When you and I choose to believe. Then you and I will see who we were meant to be. All we are. And all we have, is all a gift from God that we receive. Brought to life, we open up our eyes to see the majesty and glory of the King. He has filled our hearts with wonder, so that we always remember.”
All we are and all we have is the free gift of God, not something we deserve or earn. Worship is not confined to the walls of a church. It does not only start or end with church services. Rather, it is a life-long bowing down of our hearts before God, serving Him and surrendering ourselves completely to Him.
- Worship involves surrender. Surrendering to God is not about losing; it’s about gaining. What will you gain by surrendering more of your life to God?
- Worship involves communication with God through such means as prayer and quiet time. What can you do to remind yourself to think about God and talk to Him more often throughout the day?
- Which of the four (lifting your hands, bringing your gifts, pouring out your heart, and bowing before Him) aspects of this series is the hardest to do? Easiest?
- Worship is expressing your affection to God, focusing your attention on God, and using your abilities for God. What is one thing you will do this week to become a better worshiper?