“For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.” – Philippians 1:20.
Jesus does not ask us to die for Him, but to lay down our lives as an act of worship. Peter said to the Lord, “…“I’m ready to die for you.” and he meant it (John 13:37). Peter had a sense for the heroic. Today we are asked to lay down our life day in and day out for God. In other words, dying to self and living for Christ. Is Christ your life? Is He your daily passion? Is He your hope for the future?
So what does living our life in Christ mean? It means to worship and advance Christ in everything we do. In Philippians 1:20, we see that Paul’s attention was focused on one thing and one thing only. While in prison, unsure of what his sentence might be, he maintained that laser focus. He expected that Christ would be exalted in everything he did. His one focus was glorifying Christ in everything. And he meant everything. In fact, he taught this in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” That is how we can use our lives as an act of worship.
One of the ways that people see Christ is by looking at the lives of those who are truly living for Him. Because fair or not, the world judges Christ by His followers. Our life is about magnifying Christ’s name and helping people come to know Him more. When a Christian is really alive to Christ, they have a passion and a purpose in their daily lives. They are daily demonstrating His goodness and grace. Their lives are a daily act of worship.
Certainly, we see this with Christ and His life on the earth—His desire was to glorify God. Not only was He consumed with doing God’s will, but He also only said God’s words:”I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.” (John 12:49). The works that He did were the Father’s (John 10:37). He came to give glory to the Father.
The way that you live, let that be worship. Cherish God in all His works and all His ways. Reckon the old self dead and offer yourself to God as a living sacrifice. Worship Him with your life.
- Read Romans 12: 1-2: What does verse 2 of the passage add to your understanding of true worship?
- In your own words, what is the difference between attending worship and living in worship?
- What can we do this week to live our lives as an act of worship?