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Article 18 :Worship Him in our everyday


In this season of lockdown, it has been a real challenge to see our worship of Jesus.  We’ve not been able to gather together or go somewhere with friends and spiritual family which formed the central expression and outward sign of our belonging to Jesus.  We know that attending a building or singing songs a few minutes a week have never been things that God requires first from our lives.  There’s nothing wrong at all with outward, public forms of worship but they have never been the pursuit of God for us.  He has always pursued our hearts and our hearts are found in our everyday lives, in ordinary places, in the mundane and unseen parts.

We have been taught many times in the last few years that our ‘work is worship’.  We’ve heard lots of sermons, many teachings, numerous encouragements and exhortations but now we are actually living in a season where our everyday literally is our only expression of worship and it has come into clear focus.  Paul writes to the church in Colossae and in Rome:

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Romans 12:1

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.

Many people struggle with the concept of fearing the Lord.  Mainly because fear as we use it in everyday language is the opposite of love.  It causes us to shrink back, run away, hide and cover.  Fearing God is the opposite however and is the flipside of loving him.  We can’t love him without fearing him more and we can’t fear him without loving him more.  The fear of the Lord is about our reverence, awe, our value him and results in a fear to be without him that puts him first above all things.  Our ‘go to’ definition of love in the media, TV and relationship mostly is centred around self and selfishness. It means that we see love as a temporary, feelings centred, selfish expression.  Love that stems from the very nature of God and that fills the whole universe is based on a selfless passion, a sacrificial devotion and a giving of ourselves.  The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 110:10) and loving the Lord first, selflessly as the path to life (Matthew 16:24-26).  It’s the fear of the Lord and loving him like this that brings worship into our everyday life.

We can worship him with the way we steward what we have.  We may have a few relationships to look after that we can do with honour, kindness, love and purity.  This is worship to God.  We may me looking after some possessions and wealth that no matter how small we can care for, use for others, and invest for the kingdom.  This is worship to God.  We may have a mundane job, a practical task, an ordinary day that we can do for the glory of God whole heartedly.  This is worship to God.  Deliberately pausing, consciously welcoming and dedicating our everyday life to God as worship can transform the world.  This is one of the opportunities of lockdown that we are given the focus of expanding our deliberate worship as a result of our other expressions being limited.  

Reconnecting with work as worship can really revive our sense of purpose.  Without thinking we can drift into a mindset that our everyday is inconsequential.  But remember that before sin entered the world God’s greatest pleasure was working and walking with Adam and Eve as they tended a garden and cared for their world.  Jesus pleased and grew in his Father’s relationship as he worked with his hands serving the ordinary humble folks of Nazareth.  Our work is our primary ministry to the Lord and the means of his kingdom expanding.  We don’t have to leave work to minster.  Jesus may change our arena of ministry but when we stand giving an account of our lives before King Jesus we will be asked for an account of our everyday.  Did we love the Lord with all our heart soul mind and strength in our work (Matthew 22:37)?

Reconnecting with work as worship can really revive our sense of wonder.  Most of the miracles Jesus performed in the gospels took place in working environments.  Yes, some took place in the temple and synagogues on the Sabbath day, but only a few.  The rest of the time Jesus was in factories, homes, shops, parks… wherever the people were he was in the middle of everyday life.  If we are worshipping Jesus in the everyday work he has given us to do we will see a lot more wonders and miracles because I believe Jesus is just as passionate to manifest himself in our everyday in extraordinary power.  Lockdown has given us the opportunity to see our everyday as even more precious to Jesus.  Let’s take that opportunity, fear him more, love him more and worship wholeheartedly in our everyday.

Prayer:

Jesus I recognise I want more love and more fear of you in my heart.  Today I welcome you Holy Spirit to lead my heart to a place of undivided devotion.  I dedicate my everyday as worship to you and ask you help me offer my whole life as an expression of my love for your glory.  Revive my sense of purpose and wonder and let your river of life deepen, widen and flow more powerfully into every sphere of my world.

Amen


Psalms 86:11

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
by Tim Dunnett Blog #4, 14/08/2020