The Continuous Rhythm of Life (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 307)
Matthew 4:10 (NLT)
You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.
A lot of times, we tend to believe that worship only happens when we go to church. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the time we spend in church is indeed a period in our lives in which we need to focus solely on God and celebrate who he is through song, prayer, and preaching, it does not start or end there. Worship is part of the evidence of God’s life within us and if God lives in us every day of the week, we should worship him accordingly.
Worship is a part of every detail of our lives. We don’t only praise God through song and dance, but also when we do the dishes and take out the trash. We praise God on our way to work and on the way to school to pick up our kids. We praise God when we wake up on rainy days and when we go to bed at the setting of the sun. We praise God in good times and in bad with every thing that we put our hands to do.
Church is just one opportunity for us to serve God. What many believers do however is separate their church life from the every day life and thus only express thanks and praise to God on Sunday morning but reserve the rest of the week for their agendas. God created within us the desire to worship something or someone. Whether we worship God or not, we will bow down to something in life. It can range from family, careers, positions, money, status, or material possessions. But none of these things satisfy like God does.
Rather than spending time putting on a show on Sundays, we should fix our hearts and minds to worship God every day of the week in what we do. Worship is that continuous rhythm of life that keeps us in the presence of God outside of the church’s four walls. It is the acknowledgment that all we have and are and what we are able to do is because of the God who gives life and salvation. It is the realization that the coffee runs we take and the work we do and the relationships we engage in are opportunities for us to reflect the goodness and grace of God into our environment.
Don’t waste your time and life putting on a show at church but leaving empty and unmoved by God. We worship because we desire to be in God and for God to be in us. It is that huge void that we seek to fill. And when we fill it with the right stuff — with the realization that God himself is worthy of our worship everywhere we are, everyday we live, and anything we set forth our hands to do — we feel joy, hope, and the power to live life.
“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God.”
— William Temple