Yeah, I’m sure you’re aware of people who think Sundays are for God and worship – then the rest of the week is for non-God stuff like work, mowing the lawn, and cleaning up the dog’s poop.
So how really do we live in a way where we worship God for the whole week and not just on Sundays? We have to understand that God can be glorified in anything we do. (Anything that’s not a sin obviously… God can’t be glorified if you’re punching senior citizens in the face.)
In order to worship God in all we do we need to do two things: 1. Worship – Giving God praise and thanks in each situation. 2. Service – By living like Christ and by fulfilling your callings. In fact the thankfulness part of worship is such a huge part of life that scripture says,
1 Thess 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
That’s every bit of a command as, ‘love the Lord your God’, or ‘turn the other cheek.’ And when we break that command, it’s as much as a sin as breaking other commands. So if we don’t see each situation as an opportunity to worship God, then we actually end up sinning by omission.
Sinning by commission is sinning by doing something you shouldn’t .
Sinning by omission is sinning by not doing something you should.
The worship part of the week is probably the hardest thing to accomplish because you could be doing the service part of glorifying God, but you might be complaining about an aspect of it. So in our service to God (callings: job, school, family, ministries), we also have to be worshipping.
But what does this look like? Turn around what would be a complaint into worship. Annoying coworkers can be a chance to ask God for patience, and thank him for having patience with you. Stress on the job could turn into thankfulness for even having a job. Hate having to clean up after your kids? Thank God for the opportunities to show love, patience and self-control.
A lot of what you can be thankful for is what God is trying to grow in you because of the hardship in the situation. Spiritual growth occurs when there is a situation where you would have complained is now replaced by worship, and where a negative trait is now replaced by one of the fruit of the spirit.
So what do we do?
1. Come up with the top three situations during the week that you hate.
2. Come up with a three things to be thankful for BEFORE you get into those situations. Have one of those things being thankful for a specific fruit of the spirit God is trying to grow in you.
3. When those situations come up say those three things you’re thankful for.
4. Ask God to help you show Christ in that situation by displaying some of the fruit of the spirit. Yeah, the first few times you’ll kinda just be reciting the thanks and maybe not even mean it all that much. But over time an attitude of thankfulness will eventually overcome the attitude of complaining.
Over time you’ll start seeing these situations from God’s standpoint and not your own. You’ll see how he’s trying to grow you and at the same time you’ll see how you can show Christ to those around you by displaying the fruit of the spirit.
1 Thess 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Take time to pray: Ask God to help you live your life as worship. Today’s Fruit of the Spirit: All of them, just try to incorporate them in all aspects of life.