Worship. What comes to mind when you hear the word worship? Does your mind go straight to the short time of singing on Sunday morning before the sermon? Or does something else come to mind? Do you think it’s possible during the course of an entire week for a Christian to worship God only during a few songs on Sunday morning? Is worship limited to just the act of singing to God? No, it’s not. That would be shallow.
Allow me to share my takeaway from our Sunday School lesson titled The Problem of Shallow Worship. We were in the book of Malachi. I believe that we can get the act of worship confused with the act of church attendance.
Our lesson begins by asking us to describe our favorite athlete and then it asked us to describe our personal devotion and worship of the Lord. Further pressing with one more…were the adjectives the same for both? Ouch. Probably not.
Think about it, does an athlete just “show up” during a competition? Does he or she display their disciplines only at game time? No. They are an athlete all the time. Meaning those adjectives we used to describe them is describing who they are, not just what they do. Because who we are naturally comes out in what we do. It’s not just something we do one day a week.
The following quote struck me in that he talks about our lives worshiping God. Our whole lives. This is not just Sunday morning…it’s in our everyday lives.
“It is possible to worship God with our lips and not worship God with our lives. But I want to tell you that if your life doesn’t worship God, your lips don’t worship God either.” A.W. Tozer
Another quote begs to be digested slowly. Reread. Read again. Pondered.
“Make your life one unflinching gaze at the glory of God. This is why you exist. This is the only addiction that can finally set you free. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Look and live.” Matt Papa
Do we give Him our absolute best everyday? With everyone we come in contact with? One of the things that struck me during this study was the reminder that how we treat others is an opportunity to live our lives in worship to God. And I’m not talking just about other Christians, I’m talking about everyone.
The following is taken from The Gospel Project.
Scripture encourages disciples of Christ to offer up five things to God:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles…not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only… Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received…the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. Philippians 4:14-18
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:16
RETURN to Me, and I will RETURN to you. Malachi 3:7
These are all the ways we live out our lives in worship to God. Everyday.
One last quote that got my attention.
“Any attitude other than our best for [God] is lame. It’s a form of godliness without the power.” Michael Catt
Since I’m on a roll with questions…how is your worship, is it shallow?