10 ways we would rather sing to jesus than worship him

10 Ways We’d Rather Sing To Jesus Than Worship Him

Worship is an interesting topic, one I have a whole host of things to say on. But today I want to focus on one aspect in particular.

Perhaps the most important aspect.

Before I start though let me say this – I love singing praise to God! Please don’t think anything I’m about to say means we shouldn’t sing to God or should abandon our “worship” services. I just want to challenge our limited view of worship.

Jesus never asked us to sit around and sing Him songs. It’s also far from a common topic of conversation in the NT or the early church father’s writings!

When considering the topic of worship Jesus actually gave us some clear practical advice for how we minister to Him.

What did He say?

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
Matt 25:35-40

It amazes me that Jesus states so explicitly what ministering to God should look like and we still tend to completely miss the point.

Why?

I think the answer is easy.

Worshiping God is costly and often uncomfortable!

Consider the following list…

  • Feed a poor person

  • Shelter someone who is homeless

  • Clothe someone who is unable to buy clothes

  • Pay for a child’s education

  • Help a disabled person change their soiled clothes and give them a sponge bath

  • Sit with someone who is mourning and comfort them

  • Play with an orphan

  • Hug a leper

  • Give money to practically help someone

  • Pray for someone to be healed

When we look at that list we see 10 things that would easily fall into the category of ministering to God.

But all of them cost us something more than going to church once a week and singing for a while with our hands in the air.

I’m not saying we should stop singing our praises to God… of course not! I love doing that and always will.

But perhaps we should be considering just how serious we are about worshiping God.

Because if we are serious about loving God there is one way He prefers we love Him above all others…

By loving people.

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  1. Phil,

    I love this!

    I love a good “singy worship” time more than the next person but this is on the money. I’ve been looking at the Didache (http://www.paracletepress.com/didache.html), it’s a discipleship catechism for early disciples (the oral tradition can be traced back to around AD40) and this is exactly what they were being taught, straight out of the sermon on the mount etc.

    Looking forward to the other bits you’re going to teach on this!

    Peace
    Gary

  2. This is a very good post. I like your train of thought. I just want to add that worship also includes what Jesus spoke, “I have food that you know not of” which is to do the will of the father. Also presenting our bodies as living sacrifices holy and acceptable to the Lord is true worship.

  3. Yes! Is this really a shift that is happening? I’ve been thinking this way for a few years now. I’ve had a lot of questions/observations.
    I.e. What instrument did Abraham take up the mountain with Isaac, and what songs did he/they sing? And how do Christians show there devotion to God? They have “devotions”. And then there is the Sunday morning “service”
    But the things Phil mentions do take sacrifice and don’t come naturally or easily, maybe that’s why we are encouraged to meet together (not forsake the assembling), and what does the Bible say we are to do at those meetings? …. Spur one another on… to what? … Love and good works.
    Furthermore, the verse Phil uses from Matt 25 doesn’t say when you do these things it’s “like” you are doing them to the Lord, it says you are doing it to the Lord. Well how is that possible? Hint: Where does God’s Holy Spirit dwell?
    So if this is true? If someone genuinely desires to “seek the face of God”, can he or she actually do that when they have their back turned to the ones mentioned in the passage?

  4. So very excellent Phil! Thank you! This really gripped my heart! I immediately thought of Isaiah 58 after reading that. They both have in common what Jesus said to do if we want to follow after him…”deny yourself.” It’s what Jesus did when he came to earth for us…it’s what love does. And ridiculous freedom & joy just keep on breaking forth out of us, like the morning sun.

    Isaiah 58:6-8 NKJV
    “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? [7] Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? [8] Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

    This gospel is really really really good news! God is so kind & generous!

  5. Well written article as always.

    Here’s my thoughts:
    Worship is an attitude. Actions are the fruits of; obedience to the Holy Spirit. Obedience will naturally happen with a heart filled with Worship (In giving thanks for what Christ has done for us).

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