Worship is one of the most misunderstood words in the Bible. Many Christians think that worship is confined to Sunday mornings. It doesn’t help that we call what we do on Sundays worship because it leads people to believe that it’s a special time set aside for that one activity. Worship is a word derived from old English means “worth-ship”: to give God his worth.
Paul reminds us that spiritual worship – true worship – is to give ourselves wholly over to God. That is, to worship God is to obey God (12:2). Worship is something that we do in all of our lives, not just on Sunday mornings.
There is a church in a residential neighborhood that has limited parking. As such, many parishioners on Sunday mornings park illegally. After a number of complaints from the neighbors, the police began writing tickets for the church attenders. As one might expect, the Christians were not happy, pleading: “But officer, we were here to worship God!”
Which is true worship? Using your faith as an excuse to park illegally, or loving your neighbor by not blocking their driveway?
Worship is dedicating ourselves to the Lord Jesus and walking in his ways all days of our lives, for his glory.
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. (Romans 12:1)
Heavenly Father, we pray that we would worship you in spirit and in truth, and that all of our life might be worship. Amen.