When you hear the word “worship”, what goes through your mind? For many people, they think of a church building on a Sunday morning. They think of hymns and worship songs sung by a church family. They think of a sermon delivered by a preacher. They think of communion and the sharing of the bread and wine. They think of that period of time when a church gathers together on Sunday morning to be with the Father and each other.
Worship includes what we do as a church family on Sunday morning. Yet, worship is so much more than an hour a week. Worship is actually a lifestyle that we are called to live as children of God. Each day that we live is a day of worship. Wherever we go, whether it’s to work, school, the store, or to engage in our favorite hobby, can be a venue for worship. Our worship to God can be a daily experience instead of a weekly experience, if we train our hearts and minds to reflect upon the goodness of God as we go throughout this life.
How do we train ourselves for worship? We begin by looking for the goodness and blessings of God which are all around us. We begin in the morning by thanking God for the night’s rest and for the day He has given us to live for Him. We thank God for our family as they begin their days. We praise God for the abilities, health and energy He has given us to live productive lives in our community. We thank God for the beauty of south-central Tennessee as we see the rolling hills and amazing creation around us. We train for worship by taking the time to observe and savor so many things that are often taken for granted.
We train for worship by using our talents and abilities to bless the lives of others. We present ourselves as “living sacrifices” willing to give of our time and talent to bless the lives of the less fortunate around us and to spread the love and compassion of Christ. Helping a neighbor with a yard project, blessing a homeless person with generosity and kindness, and lifting the burden of a co-worker or friend can become an act of worship as we exemplify the actions and heart of Christ in our lives. Taking a meal to someone who is ill or discouraged can be a holy moment of worship, as they are encouraged by an act of love and compassion.
Worship can break out at any time as God is reflected in our lives and His glory is revealed through His people. As we live days filled with worship each week, it will make our worship on Sundays even sweeter as we reflect upon the goodness of God and how He has shown up, repeatedly, in our lives during the week. Train for worship. Worship well. Experience the blessing of a worship-filled life.