Have you ever noticed how a church-goer’s view of what worship is can be very different to the secular world’s view?
It’s not uncommon to hear people describe a love of something as being a ‘worship’, whether it be football or a celebrity, or anything else for that matter. Is this person saying that they physically bow down and worship in front of that celebrity? Of course not. The description of ‘worship’ used by that person isn’t referring to an act, it’s an attitude.
As Christians, when we talk about worshipping God what do we take that to mean? I would suggest that the vast majority of people see it as an act of bowing down to or singing or praising Jesus.
So which is the correct view of worship?
Well there is no denying that there is a physical act of worship which we are called to do – tells us that we are to perform an ‘act of worship’ (NIV) or ‘your reasonable service’ (NKJV). But if we think that worship is just an act then we are missing a lot of blessing that God has for us. Like the ‘secular definition’, true worship involves a constant attitude of love and adoration rather than occasional acts. We know that we are living a life of worship when Jesus is who we think about when our mind wanders, and He’s the first person that we want to give our time, effort and money to.
Knowing that we can live a life of worship even when we’re unable to do some sort of ‘act of worship’ should remove any worry about how much time we devote to worship (although of course devoting your time is an important thing to do), and give us peace in knowing that even our thoughts and attitudes are a form of worship. Let’s make sure that we’ve all got an attitude of constant worship.
12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (ESV)