Worship has become such a loaded topic in churches everywhere. What comes to mind when someone asks about the worship at your church? Most likely it is what kind of songs you sing on Sunday morning. That is the first thing that comes to mind for most anyone. All of us who have been in church very long have heard many conversations, often heated, about how someone or a group of people feel worship should look like.
The Bible is full of scriptures talking about worshiping with music. About instruments being used in worship. About lifting our voices in song. The Bible is also full of scriptures about worshiping God in our everyday life. How do we do that? It isn’t always easy to worship when things aren’t going well.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking you’ve heard it all before and you don’t need to hear it again. Well, I do. How much better would it feel when someone asks about your church worship, you could say that the people of your church worships Christ as Lord of their life. Let me give you some verses from 1 Peter 3:13-15 NLT, or as Donald Trump would say, “One Peter”: “13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.”
What sticks out to me from that scripture is verse 15 that says instead of fearing the suffering you may endure, worship Christ as Lord in your life. To break it down further, Lord of your life means the most to me. That means so much more than music obviously. It is who we are. If we are worshiping Christ they know who we believe in. If we are worshiping something else, people will see that in our lives. It also says to be ready to explain our hope as believers. We always need to be ready to explain what God has promised for anyone who believes. That is a whole other blog post for another time.
Hopefully, we will all have the opportunity to say our church worships Christ in our lives. Guess what, if we do worship Christ in our lives, no one will worry about what kind of songs or style of songs we are singing. So ask yourself, how do you worship?