Most Christians treat Sunday as the day of worship, but the Bible never makes that designation. The Bible calls for a day of rest—a Sabbath rest—a day set aside from work, but we’ve never told to reserve that day for worship. Only rest.
There is a day designated for worship and it is called today. Every day. Every moment of every day.
Since worship is the act of seeking God’s glory and praising His glory, we are called to do everything for His glory. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).
The book of Romans presents a detailed and beautiful picture of salvation. For eleven chapters, Paul laid out our need for salvation, what Jesus did to bring us salvation, and how that salvation works out in our lives. When you turn the page to Romans 12, Paul pointed to what should be our natural response to all that Christ has done for us.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship” (Rom. 12:1, emphasis added).
We respond to the love and grace of Christ by giving our lives to Him and living in such a way that everything we do is an act of worship! Everything. Listen to how Eugene Peterson said this in his paraphrase of Romans 12:1:
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering” (Rom. 12:1, The Message).
When you eat your bowl of Cap’n Crunch, worship is more than saying a prayer while the milk soaks in. You can worship comes as you savor every bite.
You can worship as you do your morning commute. That doesn’t mean you have to listen to Christiaan radio or a sermon podcast. Worship can occur as you take in the morning sun. Worship can occur as you ease off the gas and let that guy cut in front of you (even though he didn’t use his turn signal).
Worship can occur as you find the most routine or mundane things to thank God for. Washing another load of clothes. Cleaning the litter box. Shopping for groceries. Liking a friend’s post on Facebook. Reading a blog (hint). Attending a Zoom meeting—even one that could’ve been an email. Laying your head on a soft pillow at night. Everything can be an act of worship.
A friend of mine is a drummer. He told me of going to another drummer’s house and tuning his drums for him. He was moved to do this for someone else, and he described how the work of tuning became an act of worship for him. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
Give it a try today. Live your life as an act of worship.
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