Worship
 

   
  
How do you worship?
Worship involves more than coming to church, singing and prayer. People worship God in many different forms and many different ways. I am worshiping now as I write this. You are worshiping now as you read this. Soon you and I will be distracted and fail to honor God as we should. How can we keep our focus on God when we have so many responsibilities, so many things that require our attention?
 We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances”.
In Romans 12, Paul says to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” 
Does God expect us to live a life “acceptable” to Him 24/7? When I was young, I had the idea that as long as I went to church on Sunday, that was all God required as my worship. While church attendance should be a part of worship, God expects your worship to continue after you leave. Ralph Waldo Emerson brings some help to this theme in his sermon “Pray Without Ceasing”. Emerson made the following observation: “It is not only when we audibly and in form, address our petitions to the Deity that we pray. We pray without ceasing. Every secret wish is a prayer. Every house is a church, the corner of every street is a closet of devotion.”
Paul in his letter to the Colossians said: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
 
God knows you have responsibilities and duties. He likely gave them to you.  Your schedule may include more than you think you can handle. You may think you don’t have time to worship. Worship isn’t what you do instead of something else; you do it “as” you do everything else.
Worshiping like that takes commitment. Nothing we do should be placed before God. God alone deserves our worship. There may be things in your life you need to change. You can start today.
Draw near to God and God will draw near to you!
  
    God Bless,
James Bost