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Day 35 of Lent: Worship

Posted on Mon, Apr 15, 2019

worship-4088561_640When you hear the word worship, the first thing you probably think of is going to church.  Going to church is indeed worship, but that is not the only thing that is rightly considered worship. 

 

  Our verse for today helps us understand really everything we, as Christians do, is worship - “The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they were created and have their being.’”(Revelation 4:10-11).

You’ve probably heard it said before that our goal as Christians is to give honor and glory to God in everything we do.  When you look at it that way, you begin to understand that everything we do as Christians is rightfully called worship.

When you understand that, it gives a whole new perspective to what and how you do things in life. It drives you to do your best and it motivates you to want to do things to the praise and glory and glory of God instead of seeking glory for yourself or just slopping through to get it done.

There is another aspect to this whole matter. If you think of your whole life as an act of worship to God, it is going to show and people are going to notice.  Jesus reminded us of that when he said “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).  In other words, if you live your entire life as an act of worship, it is also a witness to others of your faith.  When your life becomes a living, breathing witness, people will ask you about your actions or comment on what you are doing and then it gives you an opportunity to share with others why you do what you.  Think about that, worship also becomes witness!

So, don’t give up on worshiping in church with your fellow Christians.  But also join all your fellow Christians in living a life of worship and witness.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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