The first thing people associate with the term worship is singing in church. If that’s the case, and let’s be honest here, some of people around us, their singing could hardly be called worship. It either sounds like a remote controlled airplane or an air raid siren.
Fortunately for us worship isn’t singing. Over the next few devotionals, I’ll be digging into worship. Before we get into worship, we have to understand one major point: God created us to worship.
PS 100:1-2 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness.
Let’s go back to the origin of the world, the ‘genesis’ of the world if you will. God created Adam and Eve. And if He created them to worship, there would be a total of two worshippers. And what did He tell them to do?
GE 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”
When they had a kid, there would be three worshippers. Another kid, there would be four worshippers. Offspring would continue to be born until they would “fill the earth” with worshippers. But Adam and Eve sinned. Now let me ask you this.
Do you think their sin would derail God’s plan? Oh, I guess they sinned, now I can’t fill the earth with worshippers. Of course not. That’s why Christ was sent. In fact, what was Christ’s last command before He ascended back into heaven? And ask yourself, if it sounds similar to God’s first command to Adam and Eve…
Acts 1 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
It basically says “fill the earth” with worshippers of God like in Genesis.
So what do we do?
Figure out what you’re doing to fill the earth with worshippers of God.
You look at your family first. What are you doing to make them better worshippers of God? Do you leave it all for Sunday morning? Do you lead them in devotionals? Do you minister to them, patiently and gently working on their spiritual weaknesses?
Then look at your church. What are you doing to help it make others better worshippers and help it make new worshippers? Do they need help with the nursery, small groups, administration, stacking chairs?
Look at your job. What are you doing to promote the name of Christ by proving that his followers are different? Do you stand out as loving, honest, patient, joyful, kind? Do you make employers want to hire Christians more often?
Then look at “the ends of the earth”. What are you doing to support local and overseas missions? Let’s focus on increasing the worship of God in this earth across these different planes. We can work on our singing later.
PS 100:1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. PS 100:2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. PS 100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. PS 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. PS 100:5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Take time to pray: Ask God on how you can start living your everyday life as worship – and as one who spreads worship. Today’s Fruit of the Spirit: Love, where we love God so much that we want others to love him more as well. Today’s Quiz: “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to ______.” A. Des Moines, Iowa B. Narnia C. the ends of the earth.