Created to Worship

worship

There are many wonderful messages preached about how we as God’s created beings have been created to worship. I am struck by those messages every time as I look at the concept of worship in my own life and in the world around me. There is something in how we were created that leads us towards devotion. As we see all throughout the Bible, man is constantly either directing his worship in right direction,  towards God, the only one worthy of worship, or misdirecting it towards false gods such as money, lust, and success that ultimately are both unworthy and unsatisfying as objects of worship.

Coming back to Seattle for furlough after being away for so long, I have seen my own culture in a whole new light. We’ve been away long enough and have gradually adopted a bit more of the Russian culture that now I have felt a little like an outsider in my own home culture at times. I am sure that many of you can relate to this feeling! It has been eye opening to see more clearly the things in my own culture that are idols or false gods. The pastor of my church jokingly talks about how people from Seattle worship recycling! I think that idea is hilarious, but the more money, time, effort, etc. that I see going into “going green” the more that I see how much even something like recycling and conservation truly can be an idol when taken to the extreme by becoming something that we devote our life energy and purpose to. (And don’t get me wrong, I am all for recycling and conserving our resources, but I probably won’t drop $50 for a “green” organic hemp baby’s blanket.)

When thinking of what worship looks like, I think of the greatest commandment. Jesus said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27. To love and worship is to give ourselves to something, not just to say with our words that we love or worship that  something or someone.

To think of what it would look like to love or worship something other than God is pretty easy with the help of this verse. What do we or does our culture love with our heart, soul, strength, and mind other than God? Do we love money by devoting all of our time, energy, and priorities to it? Do we love affirmation by structuring our lives in a way as to constantly protect our reputation and earn the praise of others? Do we worship any other sort worthy cause by putting it in a place of importance and sacrifice over God?

This idea is always so convicting to me. Of course when I think of whom I worship, it is Jesus alone. In my daily life though, it is easy to see the things that compete for that spot of significance. Sometimes it is people pleasing. Sometimes it is my own comfort.  Sometimes it is wanting the perfectly organized and clutter free home (which I have never achieved) with all of the perfectly enriching activities for my children at the expense of simply being together and being with God. It changes with time and circumstance, but there is always something that would like to compete for my devotion. What in your life competes for your worship?

I was thinking of this also in relation to the cultures in which we live and serve. What do the people around us love and worship with their lives? How could we use these cultural idols as a springboard to gospel conversations? For example, if Seattlites love the earth, couldn’t I branch into a discussion of who created it all? If the college age girls that I work with are looking for value and worth in their relationships with their boyfriends, couldn’t I easily talk about the meaning to true love in reference to Jesus, the true lover of our souls?

I would love to hear your thoughts on worship! What are the prominent objects of worship in the culture  in which you live? Have you seen any ways to bridge from that topic into the gospel? I know many of us would love to borrow you ideas! Also, what for you personally competes for your worship and how do you keep from worshiping things other than God with your life and priorities?

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3 Responses to “Created to Worship”


  1. 1 Allison June 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Hi, thanks so much for inviting me to view and join in on your blogroll. I am a missionary mom on the coast of Kenya. I met my sweet Kenyan husband serving as a single gal in Kenya and now we are back serving together. Its been a great adventure. We are in the process of adopting our niece and now daughter Anjela. For more of our story and adventures go to http://www.theomondisinafrica.blogspot.com

  2. 2 Amy June 7, 2009 at 5:12 am

    I enjoy reading your very open and honest blog. So many times I think we “full time Christian servant” women…are afraid to be honest with ourselves.

    On the thought of worship…I have found the daily demands of life often preoccupy my thoughts, and all that I am doing. If I stop…and pause even for a brief moment in the midst of my daily duties, and really think about what I am doing, then I can praise the Lord and worship Him. While getting a meal prepared, with children pulling on me, or talking to me, if I pause for a moment and think about what is happening…my children are healthy, we have food to eat, God has provided all of our needs, we have a happy home…THEN it seems I can worship God in the midst of all that I am doing.

    It is difficult in the busyness of life to remember to take that moment to worship in daily duties of life.


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