Something happened in worship recently.
Something happened in Sunday worship that is helping me worship daily.
I think most of us understand that worship is something that we do musically in a corporate gathering of the church and worship is something that we do daily as we live lives devoted to Jesus. That truth has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. It has helped us see that we don’t just worship God when we sing to him but we also worship God when we live for him day by day.
One challenge that I find in living a life of worship is simply being aware of that reality as I go about my day. It’s easy for me to go dawn to dark without being mindful of whether my choices are bringing glory to God. It’s easy for me to plow through the events of the day without deliberately worshiping God with what I do. I got some help during a recent Sunday worship service.
One of our worship leaders was praying before beginning a set of songs and he concluded his prayer by saying “Jesus, this is for you.”
What a tremendous statement. I’ve been thinking about the phrase ever since. I’ve also been trying to put it into action.
“Jesus, this is for you.”
That statement is an offering. It’s holding something up and saying “Jesus, I am giving this to you…I am doing this for you…I want to please you with this because I love you.”
I want to say that beyond a service on Sunday morning. I want to say that everyday, all day. And so, I’ve been trying to make it a habit and it really does change my perspective. Here is what this might look like:
You begin your day by cracking open your Bible and as you begin to read you worship and say “Jesus, this is for you.”
You walk into your workplace and prepare to make your work an offering of worship by simply saying “Jesus, this is for you.”
You enter the door of your classroom to begin a day of learning and you make it worship by saying “Jesus, this is for you.”
You face a temptation and as you choose the hard thing, you remind yourself that it is out of worship that you obey and say “Jesus, this is for you.”
You see someone in need and you step into that life with worship saying “Jesus, this is for you.”
The applications are endless. Every step…every choice…every word of our lives done according to the will of the Father is an offering of worship. I am finding that the more I remind myself of that reality, it draws me closer to God and it motivates my obedience. Knowing that each choice to do the right thing or say the right thing is a small act of worship helps me to choose it. Give it a try.
“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” -Romans 11:36
Jesus, this is for you.