“There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.” – C. S. Lewis
What is worship? If you were to ask someone this, many would probably define worship as singing praises, praying, or going to church on Sunday. But did you know that worship is so much more than that? Worship is the act of attributing honor and reverence to God. Any thought or action with the intent to give God glory is an act of worship. Thus, every single moment in your life is either an act of worship or an act of disobedience. This is what C.S. Lewis meant by noting that there is no such thing as neutral ground. 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” What does it mean to do all to the glory of God? Well, simply put, it means that every action we make should demonstrate our love and affection for God. Through obedience and service, we can worship wherever we go. But this should not be viewed as an obligation or burden, instead it should be understood as a gracious gift given to us by God. John 4:23-24 states, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Because of Christ, we no longer have to go to a mountain or a temple to worship. God is looking for the true worshipers who seek to worship God in spirit and in truth. Meaning, God desires those who want to worship Him with their very spirits – wherever they are in the world. However, I am not saying that one should not go to church to worship, but that worship does not end when they leave. A true worshiper will not want to cease their worship because they genuinely love God. Likewise, true worshipers love the truth. We must worship with knowledge and with an accurate account of who God is. God is Spirit. He is perfect and holy. He is the creator and sustainer of the universe. He is Lord. He is the Savior. If we want to worship God in spirit and in truth, we must recognize these truths. Thus, worship is not just a moment in time nor is it only meant for a specific place, rather it is a lifestyle of obedience. Romans 12:1 states, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” We are all being called to offer ourselves fully to God as a living sacrifice. Our lives must be for God. There is nothing in our lives that we can withhold or keep from Him. Just as Christ gave Himself fully for us when He died for the sins of the world and rose from the dead, so we are called to give ourselves fully to God for His purposes and will.
Are you a true worshiper?