“Do as I say, not as I do.”
Have you ever heard someone say that little phrase? I’ve heard it all my life from my parents, but I’m very grateful it was always “tongue in cheek” and intended to be funny — and, it was almost always hilarious.
But something about the phrase grates against our nerves. The idea that someone would say one thing and do something else is foreign to our sense of rightness. Another colloquial phrase we use sometimes says the same thing but in a slightly different way: “If we talk the talk, we need to walk the walk.”
It seems to me that as worshipers this side of eternity, the tendency to say one thing and do another will always be with us. We gather in corporate settings and sing the grand expressions of praise and love for our God. The experiences we share in worship are profound and impact us in profound ways. But then, Monday happens.
And those of us who worship Christ are faced with the multitude of decisions and choices that will either reflect our desire to please Him or not. Sometimes we pass the test, and sometimes we fail.
We have to do more than acknowledge the space between our praise and our lifestyle. We have to pursue a relationship with the One we worship that transcends mere expression and translates into true discipleship. As we move on to maturity in our faith, we should see the distance between what we’re saying and how we’re living narrow.
When I read Hebrews 13:15-18, two things jump off the page at me: One is that praise is the fruit of our lives, if we say we love Jesus. But equally loud is the truth that worship, true biblical worship, is the fruit of our lives.
Worship is not just what we say; it’s what we do.
Worship is a lifestyle.
Director, LifeWay Worship