?Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father? Colossians 3:17
To me this verse has a lot to do with worship. Let me attempt to explain. When we give thanks to God, we give him Glory. Whatever we do that gives God glory is an act of worship. Therefore, whatever we do whether in word or deed in the name of Jesus is worship to God.
One thing I have noticed in the church today is that the word worship has been incredibly misconstrued. Let me show you what I mean with this example from my life.
A month or so ago I was leading in song at a Campus Crusade for Christ at the Junior College I go to. I was outside just getting ready, tuning my guitar and what not. One of the guys that comes often walked up and noticed the songs weren’t going on, normally songs were first. Well this week songs ended up going second. The guy didn’t realized this and complained and said “you know I come here to worship?.” Speaking specifically of singing. This shows me one major thing, we have way to narrow of a scope as far as our idea of what worship is.
Who is to say one part of the Christian life is more glorifying to God than another. What I believe happens is when we are worshipping (through song) we mistake the emotional high for some ultimate form of worship. That is often the time when we get that tingly feeling, we feel complete, all our cares go away etc. So since we can feel that peace and we know it helps us we figure, well than it must be more glorifying to God. That brings about one problem, worship is not about us, it is not about making us feel good, or giving us peace. That is a by product often of worship, but that’s not the point. The point of worship is to bring glory to God in everything. This might be the most painful of things for you to do at the time, but the bible doesn’t say to only do it when it feels good to you. It says WHATEVER YOU DO.
I would like to argue that there are many other forms of worship and we really need to broaden our thought process of that. If someone asks me what I think about as worship I would say is: praying, singing, dancing, laughing, smiling, driving, working etc etc, the list goes on. A lot of people would not see these things as forms of worship.
It is true that alone most of these are not necessarily acts of worship. They become worship when you use them to glorify God as Colossians says. Laughing and Smiling can be a huge encouragement to someone walking by. Smiling directly at someone can change their whole attitude, and just their you have shown someone Christ, they have felt love, and you have glorified your Father in Heaven, SWEEEEEEET. Driving and Working what a perfect time to turn off the radio and have some quiet time with God, talk with him, think about him. Work as if you are working for Jesus, because in actuality you are. Your paycheck is provided by him, he provided you with the job, he provided you with the skills you have, so shouldn’t we work for him? Think of this scenario, you are the one Christian at your work, people know that, they also realize that you are the one person who works the same whether a boss is around or not you are diligent, can be trusted, helpful, caring, compassionate. What does that say about the God you serve? It says volumes and because of that God is also glorified. Even the part of a church service we often refer to as “the message? or “the sermon? is also a form of worship. We are learning something about our creator that brings us into a deeper relationship to him, brings about further reverence and awe. Now that to me sounds like something that brings God glory, wouldn’t you say?
So if you hadn’t realized yet, worship is not just singing. Yes singing is a form of worship, but is praying, so is dancing, you can worship through a job well done, through an encouraging smile. Anything that brings our AWESOME God glory is worship. So don’t just live a life making yourself look good. Live a life making God look good. Live a life of worship.