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