Many Jesus followers (yes, I’m not too big on the term Christian), have a misguided notion that worship is something that you come to church to do and happens through music or other art together with the rest of the church. I am here today to challenge this idea, and hopefully encourage you to find a new way to connect with God. It so happens that music one really good way that people can join together, so it has become the most commonly used worship style in churches. As a result, our minds have become limited to think of music as worship and worship as music.
Before I go any further, I need to clarify: Throughout scripture we see by that music is often associated with worship. The Psalms declared that we should sing, dance and make music to God. In Revelation we see that music plays a huge role in the worship of God in heaven. I’m certainly not against worshiping God in music, I simply want to expand our ideas of worship to include what might be more natural for some people than singing, clapping, dancing and playing instruments. I am incredibly unmusical, so for me to understand worship as music was extremely frustrating until I understood that worship is more than music.
The Merrium Webster dictionary has 4 different definitions of worship, I’ll share three of them; the other one is irrelevant. Merrium Webster defines worship as:
1) Reverence offered to a divine being or spiritual power; also : an act of expressing such reference.
2) A form of religious practice with its creed or ritual
3) extreme respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem.
Given these parameters I think that almost anything (that is not sinful) can be an act of worship. Lets also throw in there Colossians 3:17, which says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” and we can expand our ideas of worship. I teach the kids on a regular basis that worship is anything that can be done to glorify God. So, if you are really good at baseball and you give God the credit for your abilities and use it to share Him, that is a way to worship God. Baseball is just an example that can applied to any skills or talents that you may have. Fine arts are often praised as worship to God, but many exclude athletic abilities that God has also gifted us with, so I thought I would use a sports example.
What talents or abilities has God gifted you with? How do you use it share God with those around you?