Read Exodus 24
If you had 30 seconds to answer this question (your “elevator speech”) what would you say?
“What is worship?”
“That’s easy,” you say.
“Worship is attending a weekend service.”
“Worship is the praise before the message.”
“Worship is leading people in music.”
Exodus 24 is an illustration of what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:31:
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Worship is bringing “glory” to God (i.e. honor, dignity, praise). “Worship” is a shortened version of an older word: “worth-ship”. Whenever you show God’s “worth”, that’s “worship”.
You can worship God when you eat or drink, text or tweet, sing or sleep. You worship God by showing patience with frustrating people. You worship God by having a courageous conversation. You worship God by sitting in silence and listening to God. You worship God by bringing your best effort at school or work.
I wonder if the Church has done a disservice by calling gatherings “worship services” or naming someone “worship pastor”. Worship is more than a service or music. Worship is the moment-by-moment act of living life with God.
Questions – Do you view daily life as worship? What is the most boring thing you do? Did you realize that boring activity is an act of worship if you do it for Jesus?
Prayer – Dear Jesus, my whole life is worship. Remind me when I forget. Help me live every moment with You as an act of holy worship.
— Tim Howey