Day 8 – Worship the Lord Your God (Luke 4:8)

Everyone worships someone or something…. Many of us struggle with worshipping the wrong things or people. We worship things that will not last.
+Some of us worship a person.
+Some of us worship money.
+Some of us worship stuff.
+Some of us worship sex….
+Some of us worship our careers.

The definition of worship is: “The reverent love and devotion accorded to a deity, an idol, or sacred object.” Many people, even Christians, equate worship with a 60 or 75-minute service on Sunday morning…. And that service certainly is worship. But worship is much more than that. God is not confined to a building or a time frame, and neither is our worship. Worship describes who we are 24/7. If to be worshipful means having expressions of reverence and adoration for a deity, doesn’t that mean we are, or at least can be, worshipping at all times? Harold Best says, “We do not go to church to worship, but, already at worship, we join our brothers and sisters in continuing those actions that should have been going on–privately, family, or even corporately–all week long.”

Paul expresses this idea in Romans 12:1. He writes, “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.” He’s saying that our whole lives are worship. Whenever we reflect the love of God, we are worshipping him! …

No matter where you are or what you are doing you have the potential to be ascribing worth, praise, and glory to God. Everything you do could be an act of worship. Look at your life this way and it will start affecting the everyday decisions that you make! Pretty soon you’ll be asking yourself, “If I’m worshipping God right now, would I do this? Would I go there? Would I buy this? What would I do here?” And if you find yourself asking those questions more often, you are on the right track!

(Source: Zach Zehnder, Red Letter Challenge, pp. 52-54.)

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