Worship is a way of life. Worship isn’t simply what you do for God in church; it’s also who you are for God in the world.
So how can you bring worship into you daily life? Let’s consider some suggestions from another man’the apostle Paul. In chapter twelve of his letter to the Romans he gives us some good counsel.
First he says you need to allow God to transform your mind. In this way, your allegiance is transferred from the world to God.
Second, he tells you to serve others with your gifts. This displays God’s glory as your Creator. You should rejoice in these gifts and use them to accomplish God’s purposes.
And third, Paul says you need to be a reflection of God’s love and grace. The second great commandment is that you love others as yourself. Paul provides numerous concrete examples of how you can obey this commandment. These aren’t simply humanitarian gestures. They are acts of worship, acts that please and honor God. Let me leave you with a few ways Paul says you’re to worship God.
Love each other with genuine affection Never be lazy in your work Be glad for all God is planning for you Be prayerful When God’s children are in need, be the one who helps Get into the habit of inviting guests for dinner, or if they need lodging, for the night Don’t try to act important but enjoy the company of ordinary people
Did you know that service is a way of saying thanks to God? You can never truly pay back the overwhelming love and support your parents may have shown you. But you can pass the love on to your children. In the same way, you can never repay God for granting you life in Christ and for blessing you, but you can pass his love onto others in practical ways.
One of the great barriers to service, however, is pride. Pride causes men to scoff at the thought of putting others first. Pride teaches you to calculate how every action will further your own reputation or advance you toward your goals. Pride makes you keep careful record of who is next in line for something good.
The apostle Paul had much to say to us about sacrifice. Chapter twelve of the book of Romans portrays several specific areas in which you can be a living sacrifice and serve God in the world. As a living sacrifice, you surrender using your gifts solely for your own advancement. You seek to bless others instead and sacrifice your time and resources for their benefit. In the process, your life will be shaped into the image of greatest man who ever lived: Jesus Christ. Where do you sense God calling you to serve? Let your motivation for service flow from a heart that’s thankful to God for the grace he’s shown you.