Does worship dictate how you live your life?
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I used to think that there would be this magical point of arrival in life where I would be satisfied with who I was and what I had accomplished — the point of geographical arrival, the point of best-musician-award arrival, the moment of entrepreneurial arrival, et cetera et cetera et cetera.
***Spoiler alert: that point does not exist.***
I’ve discovered that through all of my planning and preparing for the next right thing, the next big thing, the next thing on my to-do list, the next ”I-want-to-arrive-here-moment” — that is when the real moments of life happen. Life doesn’t stop because I’m planning for certain moments. Life IS what happens as plans are made for the big, shiny, sparkly, glam, perfectly Instagramable moments.
And I think that worship is really similar to that concept. Why? How?
Because Sunday is planned entirely around worship. The week itself is centered around church events: church on Sunday, Bible study on Wednesday, youth group on Friday night, ladies prayer on Saturday morning, Summer is planned around church camps. Plans are made a year in advance to attend conferences around the world. We plan locations and dates and times where we will specifically go to meet God, to spend time with him, to worship him.
But what about the days that we don’t spend in the actual house of God? What about the Mondays and Tuesdays and Thursdays that are mundane and filled with checklists and responsibilities and too many snoozes on the alarm clocks, way too many cups of coffee for functionality’s sake, and an infinite amount of answers that include the words “it’s so crazy busy these days”? What about those days? Because I think that while church is the sparkly, set-aside worship time, worship also happens while we’re planning for the big, planned, actualized worship events.
We plan for the next moment of worship, the next best church service ever, the next “God-is-here” moment without realizing that God is with us every day. We go about our days so often like we’ve reached the worship pinnacle because we worshiped on Sunday without realizing that what we do every single day is, in fact, meant to be a part of a worshipful life. There is no magical point of arrival with worship where we ever stop worshiping, or when we have it all together and no longer need the presence of God.
Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
Dress festively every morning.
Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it,
For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think
In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.
Ecclesiastes 9:7-10, The Message
In other words, worship is what happens during daily life. The King James Version of Ecclesiastes 9:10 says this: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
It’s what living a life of worship is all about. Because just like planning a specific time for worship does not constitute worship, attending worship at a certain time and place doesn’t mean you’re actually living a worshipful life.
In order for worship to be at the center of our lives, worship has to be more than just a planned event. Worship has to be more than just a church event. Worship has to be the end-all-to-be-all, if you will. In fact, worship is the very purpose of existence.
Everything we do as Christians is meant to be for the honor and glorification of Jesus Christ. Everything. Not just what happens on Sunday. Not just what happens at the church. But everything we do no matter where we are. Whether our conversation is about Christ or the new selection of cleaning supplies at Target; whether our conversation is about the redemption power of salvation or the latest fiction book on the New York Times Bestsellers list. It all encompasses a life of worship, because every day is God’s gift to us. God takes pleasure in us as his creation, therefore who we are as his chosen generation and what we do should similarly be all for him.
Whatever you do, my friend, let it become worship to Jesus — let worship dictate what you do, how you live, and give purpose to your every moment.