Too often, the contemporary Christian equates the act of praise with what the Bible calls worship…
To be clear, worship certainly can have the component of praise – that expression of adoration and devotion in recognition of God’s greatness and glory. Praise erupts in a certain event or occasion. But worship is another thing altogether.
I believe Paul expresses it well in Romans 12:1 when he describes the life of sacrifice as, “our reasonable act of worship.” And that is his response to the truth of Romans 11:36: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever.” (HCSB)
When thought of in those terms, our worship is not an event, but a lifestyle. It is not simply a means of discipleship, worship is our discipleship.
Consider I Peter 1:22: “By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a sincere heart.” (HCSB)
That verse seems to say nothing about worship, but the reality is, obeying the truth, living a life of holiness and loving each other are the ultimate expressions of a life of worship – the ultimate expressions of a person’s spiritual transformation as a disciple.
Grooving with the songs on Sunday morning is one thing – living a life that honors the Lord that includes an expression of praise, well, that’s what worship is all about.
Do you want to worship the Lord? Then pursue the life of a disciple by obedience to the truth through a lifestyle of holiness full of love for the brethren.
That will be spiritual transformation as a disciple and your reasonable act of worship.
Director, LifeWay Worship