The Worship Life

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Every aspect of our lives is both an offering and an expression of worship.  On one hand, our lives are an offering to GOD, a response to the grace and blessings He so undeservingly provides.  Simultaneously, our lives are an expression of worship that should draw those around us closer to Him through our demonstration of His love.

So how do we align the elements of our lives to be both an offering and an expression of worship?

 

Your Body as Worship

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by GOD? You do not belong to yourself, for GOD bought you with a high price. So you must honor GOD with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NLT)

Our bodies are each a valuable, one of kind creation made intimately by the Creator of All Life.  We’re called to respect it, value it, and honor it.  Each body is the dwelling places of the divine, a cathedral to house the sacred.  

We worship GOD when we take care of the body and do not defile it with sin and worldly pleasures.  We worship GOD when we use the abilities He’s given us with an awareness of His presence.  Even the simplest act can become powerful worship when we draw close to GOD in the process.  And not only do we draw close to GOD, but our worship should bring others closer to Him as well.  

As The Message paraphrases this passage, “let people see God in and through your body.”  When we are connecting to GOD and others see Him through us, we are truly worshipping.  

 

Your Lifestyle as Worship

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.” (1 Corinthians 1:23, NLT)

Worshiping Jesus in your lifestyle mandates that you no longer live for yourself, but rather live for Jesus.  And when you live for Jesus, it comes with a deep and personal concern for others.  The trajectory of our life is forever altered when we collide with the Gospel.  

We are no longer able to stay isolated and live for ourselves while walking down the street with our eyes down.  Our life becomes interwoven with the stories and souls around us, collectively connected by the Creator.  When our lifestyle becomes centered on Jesus, He will move us to live a life with and for others. 

We worship by allowing GOD to transform our often selfish lives into an outpouring of His love and grace.

 

Your Passions as Worship

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:19-21, NLT)

What holds our focus, holds our affections.  We must constantly be reminding ourselves of GOD’s truth and His presence so as to focus ourselves on Him and His place in our lives.  If we don’t consciously turn our passions and attention to GOD, we easily slip into worshipping the countless idols of the world.  

Instead, we are called to use the gifts and blessings GOD has given us to worship.  We worship Him by focussing our passions on Him and using the gifts He has given us to bring others closer to Him.  He has instilled our unique characteristics and talents and interests within us, and desires for us to discover Him and grow closer to Him through those passions.  

 

Everything is Worship

Ultimately, every belief, every thought, and every action worships something.  Each day, we have the choice to worship GOD with our entire being, or to give our affections to some created thing rather than the Creator.  When we offer and express our worship through our body, lifestyle, and passions, we live the life we were made for, and use the gifts and talents GOD designed us with to connect with Him and in turn connects others to Him as well.  

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