Worship is one of the least understood and at the same time most overused phrases in Christian circles (in my humble opinion, of course). We say the word a lot, but I don’t think we have a clear understanding of what it truly means.
What is worship? When we worship, what are we doing? When we think about worship, what occupies our thoughts? Is it merely my musical response to God that happens with a group of people? Or is it much more than that?
Most people use the word “worship” (as do most pastors) to talk about music by and large. Yet Biblical worship involves much more than that. True Biblical worship is a way of living. We are to be living sacrifices, offered up to the Living God. (Romans 12:1)
Music is only one aspect of this spiritual discipline. Worship, like prayer, should be viewed as being an unceasing response to God for who He is and what He’s done. If our bodies are to be offered as living sacrifices, then that means that at any given point throughout the day, we are either worshipping God or we are not.
If you viewed worship as a lifestyle – not merely something you do while you’re singing in a service – what would change about the way you live and how you approach and think about worship? Would you think more about how you treated others? Or how you responded in certain situations? Or even what activities filled your day?
Today, think about what it means to be a living sacrifice and worship God with all that you are!
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