As we pointed out last week, most of the time worship is thought of as music before the Sunday morning sermon. We don’t often think about how else we are called to worship our Lord, but this is an incredibly important question we should ask daily. Worship applies to every area of life. How can we possibly worship God in every area of our lives? How do we live a life of worship?
Every one of us is created by God, for God
When we accept salvation through faith in Jesus, we are given the Holy Spirit and a calling. God’s Spirit instructs us in how to walk worthy of this calling we are given and brings to remembrance what we have read and learned in His Word. By listening and obeying God’s instruction we grow in faith and become more like Jesus Christ every day.
16 For by[a] him all things were created, (A)in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether (B)thrones or (C)dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created (D)through him and for him.Colossians 1:16 ESV
In living this calling, and walking worthy, we worship God with our life. We are honoring our Heavenly Father in the details of the day-to-day, in loving others, serving God in the ways He provides, how we help, encourage, evangelize, fellowship, teach, learn, and grow. As we spend more time with God, in His word, in prayer, and with His people, we learn more about God, the life we are called to, become more like Him in every area of our life and worship Him better every day with the glory we bring Him.
Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord,(A) urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, 2 with all humility(B) and gentleness, with patience,(C) bearing(D) with one another in love,(E) 3 making every effort to keep the unity(F) of the Spirit(G) through the bond of peace.Ephesians 4:1-3 CSB
We worship God with our life when we bring Him honor and glory with our life
We bring Him honor and glory with our life when we love others as He commands us to do, bear the fruit of His Holy Spirit in our lives, and strive to imitate Christ in all aspects of life. We worship God by putting Him on display in the way we live, respond, react, treat others, speak, think, and submit. We worship God by becoming more like Christ every day, in the private details and the more public eye. We worship God by striving to live worthy of the calling we have received in order to bring God glory, acknowledging His worthiness of such honor.
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, (A)“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And (B)a second is like it: (C)You shall love your neighbor as yourself.Matthew 22:36-39 ESV
Worship with Contentment
We are His creations, made for Him and His purposes, and called to worship God with a life that brings Him glory. Learning to live as Christ, bear the fruit of the Spirit, and worship God all require contentment with our circumstances and that which God provides through it. If we fail to be content regardless of our circumstances, we fail to honor God in our circumstances. When we allow Christ to strengthen us through all circumstances we are able to endure it all in His strength, not relying on ourselves, and glorify Him by trusting in His power and strength to lead us through. This contentment comes from trusting to Christ’s strength and will over our own, acknowledging His way is better, and that He is worthy of worshiping with our trust and obedience.
11 I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. 12 I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot.(A) In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. 13 I am able to do all things through him[a] who strengthens me.(B)Philippians 4:11-13 CSB
Worshiping God with our lives means that we rest in the Lord and all that the Lord provides, calls, commands, instructs, and leads. When we rest contently in the hand of the Lord, we cannot help but let our life be given to serve, honor and worship our King above kings.
What areas of your life do you need to rest in the hands of God and allow Him to be your strength? Where in your life are you not worshiping God in the way you love, live, and serve? How are you worshiping the Lord in the minor and the major aspects of daily life? How can your life be an example to others of worshiping God with your life?
23 Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people,Colossians 3:23 CSB
Let us go forward today, seeking God’s strength, learning to be content wherever we are, whatever we have or have not, and striving to actively honor and worship Him in all things.