November 4, 2021 | Paul Travis
We usually think of worship on Sunday morning as we attend and participate in the “congregational worship service” for an hour or so. During this time our worship includes singing praise songs, giving of tithes and offerings, listening to Bible teaching, praying, remembering Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and promise to return during Communion, and greeting fellow believers with a few moments of fellowship. Each of these actions is worship, but they are not the only ways we can worship our Creator God.
What about when you serve through music? What about when you give of your time and talent by providing childcare or teaching a class … or setting up the sanctuary … or helping with sound and lighting? Giving of your time and talent in these ways, and dozens of others, is also worship when done as an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving to God. How about when you are at home studying your Bible or praying?
How about when you spend time with a lonely neighbor, listen to your friend who is in distress, or sit with a friend while her loved one is in surgery? How about when you help a stranger by repairing his house that was damaged by a hurricane, flood, or tornado? Perhaps you provide food for the hungry. How about when you assist someone with a difficult -- or what may seem impossible -- task? Yes, all of these are worship of our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ because of our growing relationship.
Jesus commands us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus then said, “There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).
So, worship often … in many different ways.
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