by Timothy Loraditch
When we talk about worship, what do you think of? Do you think of music, Sunday morning services, or that time before the pastor gives his sermon each week?
These are familiar concepts of worship that we have to provide us with opportunities to express our love for God. Many Christians seek to expand that worship time into their week with a personal worship time either with their own music or recorded music. These can be precious times between our savior and us, but can we also expand that experience of worship into a larger circle of our lives that God wants us to worship Him in?
Paul encourages the Romans in chapter 12: 1 “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Spiritual worship is not limited to Sunday music. We are called to present our bodies and a living sacrifice. Paul goes on in this chapter to explain that we are all different but are part of one larger body. In verse 4, he writes,
For as in one body, we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.
Paul talks about these gifts in the context of our spiritual worship. What are the gifts that God has given you as part of the body of Christ? Paul identifies some of them in this passage, including prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, generosity, leadership, and acts of mercy. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but certainly opens the door beyond just music.
Think about the gifts that God has given you. Not everyone is a musician. We can all sing and should, but God has distributed many other gifts among us to be used in our spiritual act of worship. John tells us in Revelation 4: 10 how the 24 elders bowed down before the Lord and worshiped by casting their crowns before Him. In the same way, we can take our gifting and cast it before the Lord in worship to Him. So, what are your gifts? Are you a writer, artist, craftsperson, performer, teacher, and/or leader? Do you perform acts of mercy? These are all a part of our spiritual worship.
When we expand our understanding of worship to include these aspects of our lives, our worship of God becomes more expressive. We make our worship more personal. When we go to our Sunday services, we sacrifice our time and attention and give it to God. If we take our giftings that God has given us and lay it at His feet, we make a personal sacrifice to worship Him that only we can do. I want to encourage you to look at your circle of worship. How big is it, and is there something that God has given you that you can use to expand that circle and make your worship a more personal expression of your love for Christ?
Please take some time to reflect on these thoughts, and if God speaks to you, I would love to hear from you and encourage you in your gifting.