I spent the past weekend at our church’s women’s retreat with some precious Christian sisters from my church at a gorgeous location with two of my favorite things, water and woods. While there, I heard one of the simplest and most powerful Truths through an amazing Bible Study delivered by our anointed women’s ministry leader, Tollie Meggs. And she brings the Word. Just, wow.
In this post, I talked about how we tend to complicate being a mom. And you know what else we tend to complicate? Simply being – our entire lives. We were made for one purpose – to worship. Everyone who is alive is worshiping something or someone. Specifically, we were created to worship God – our Creator, Provider, Sustainer – and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To do anything else is to waste our lives. To attempt to put anything else – work, goals, dreams – before worship is to totally miss the picture. Worship must be the origin of and must be pervasive within all that we are and all that the do. I can tell you what work, including spiritual service, will do to a believer who got worship out of order in the equation – It leads to exhaustion and eventually burnout. I know this firsthand myself and know far too many other ladies who know what it feels like to work hard for the Lord without having worship in its proper place, and it’s not a pretty picture. To learn and live out true and acceptable worship will first and foremost please the Lord, and it will also spill over and impact every single area of our lives. I am convinced that a mom will never be all she can be without worship at the center of her life. But we don’t do it for ourselves; we do it because God is worthy. I had the head knowledge of worship but needed a refresher on the heart knowledge.
It’s life-changing stuff, if we will simply submit to the Lord’s leading, obey His commands, and make time to learn to truly worship. And, despite our modern church vocabulary, worship is not synonymous with music or song. Worship is a way of life that can be expressed through song, but it doesn’t begin or end there. Because my words are pitifully inadequate in describing the depth and breadth of the command to worship and its accompanying promises, here are a few of many verses on worship.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. – John 4:23 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. – Matthew 23:23-26 (NIV)
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. – Hebrews 12:28-19 (NIV)
My prayer for myself and for anyone who reads this is that we will be filled by God with a renewed desire – a consuming hunger and thirst – for His Word and His commands, to seek His face and truly worship him with all we have and above all else for all of our days. To get that one thing right will be to have succeeded in all our roles in this life, as well as the one to come.