by Dick Buckingham
by Dick Buckingham
This is a question one of our international students asked me the other day. A very good question! A question to which the answer is often assumed and often incorrect. Too frequently we equate worship to something we do on Sundays in our churches when we gather together with other believers to sing, pray and hear the Word preached. In reality, our weekly gathering with other believers is meant to be the crescendo of worship in our week.
So what is worship?
I answered this student by stating worship is a way of life. Rom 12:2 tells us we are to “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is our spiritual act of worship.” Worship doesn’t simply involve some of the activities we do like singing and preaching the Word, it involves all the activities of our life. Everything we do that is consecrated to the Lord and to His glory is worship. Thus every act that we do, every word, every deed can and ought to be an expression of worship. Thus our work or study, when done to the glory of God is worship. When we seek to honor God in our relationships, it is worship. When we consecrate our words, thoughts and intentions to the Lord, it is an act of worship. If the manner of our lives is characterized by thankfulness, it is worship. If we look for the hand of God in the difficult times we face, it is worship. When we trust and do not fear, it is worship. When we seek to obey even when it is difficult, it is worship. Worship ought to be who we are at all times, circumstances, and places. When we gather with the saints on Sunday, we are simply joining together and encouraging each other to keep on living lives of worship.
What are some of the ways that you see the characteristic of worship in your life? If you arrested for worshiping the one true Creator, would there be evidence to convict you?