So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to Him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to Him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship. (Romans 12:1)
When you think of worship, what words come to mind?
How are you actively worshipping on a weekly basis?
How are you actively worshipping on a daily basis?
Receive It. Worship isn’t about you or me. Worship isn’t reserved to music or singing. Worship isn’t confined to a weekly service in a church building. When worship is mentioned in Scripture, it’s accompanying by an attitude or action. Worship is active. Worship is an intentional focus upon God. Authenticity in worship occurs only when we refuse to play a role. We don’t try to fit a stereotype. We’re not consumed by expectations. We simply and whole-heartedly show up and give ourselves to God.
By now you might be trying to define it a bit more tightly. You might wonder, “Well, does that mean I have to, or I can’t…?” Or perhaps a specific person or church comes to mind as you decide, “But how could that be authentic?” Stop creating your own standards. God sets standards, not us. And the standard He sets for authentic worship is a focus on Him. Focus on Him when you’re in a church service. Focus on Him when you’re driving. Focus on Him when you’re cleaning. Focus on Him when you’re reading. God is the constant in your life, and there is not a single area immune to your worship of Him. When we open our hearts to God, He meets us in a sacred place. We must come prepared, so we can fully receive what He intends to share with us. God wants our all in everything we do. He wants our all in who we are. We don’t decide what to offer God based on what’s comfortable for us. We don’t decide when to offer something to God because it’s most convenient for us. We decide to offer ourselves to God on a continual basis, because that’s what worship is. He’s God, and we’re not. He defines authentic worship, and we don’t.
Live It. Journal, sing, study, share. Worship God in a sacrificial way today.