As I gear up for my favorite time of the year in December, the one with my birthday and Christmas back-to-back, I’m reminded of so much I have to be thankful for in my life.
2016 has been another year of self-discovery and the discovery of I AM. (God declares that He is strong when I am weak. What a beautiful promise that I’ve held securely in my heart!) It wasn’t an easy year, but it has been a triumphant year. The inner peace that I currently feel inside makes me want to stop and worship out of thankfulness to Him.
But we don’t have to stop what we’re doing to worship Him. We can worship Him through what we’re already doing.
When I was still young to the Christian faith and working hard to understand it, I had a singular idea about worship: I thought that worship was something you only did in church while the emotional music was playing. But as I’ve matured, so has my understanding of what it means to truly worship God.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Colossians 3:17 ESV
We actually worship God in all that we do – mind, body, and spirit. When we choose to speak in love to others even when they don’t deserve the smallest ounce of it, we are demonstrating worship. When we do our very best at work and keep a good attitude despite the feeling of being “over it,” we are demonstrating worship. And even when we take care of the material things that have been provided to us, such as our vehicle, our home, and our finances, we are also demonstrating worship.
Once we recognize this, it will change the way we approach those things that we put into usage daily, because we become a little more careful and a lot less wasteful. We take in every single moment as a blessing – yes, even the ones that seem like we’ve been placed under a spiritual attack.
So as this year draws to a close, let’s start to worship a little differently.
Demonstrate your worship at work. Go into work with a big smile on your face and with your very best attitude. Be the light among the complainers, naysayers, and less-motivated. Ask yourself, “How can I give worship to God through my efforts at work?”
Demonstrate your worship through your loved ones. Give just a little bit more to the ones in your world. Are you spending time with a family member? Spend a little more. Are you helping out a friend? Give a little extra. Go the second mile in showing your love and ask yourself, “How can I give worship to God through the way I love others?”
Demonstrate your worship through what you already have. God has blessed each of us this year. Take a step back and look around you. Maybe you still have a working vehicle that takes you where you need to go. Maybe you were able to save money this year or even just keep your head above water. Maybe your health has been restored. All of us have something; in fact, all of us have more than just one thing. Ask yourself, “How can I give worship to God by taking care of what He’s already given me?”
The root of this is gratitude, my friends. When we maintain a spirit of gratitude, we are also entering into a spirit of worship. That’s where we want to be if we want to continue to see the fruit of our faithfulness to God. After all, when we look at what He’s already done for us, we realize that He’s truly been faithful to us. Doesn’t He deserve your worship for that?
Be well, friends!