Key Practices of the Christian Life — Practice #6 — Worship

17 Sep

Practice Six: Worship – A Way of Life

“. . . whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Many Christians believe that worship is the time of singing that happens on Sunday morning. In reality, worship is much more than singing and a weekly worship service is only a part of the worship that ought to take place in our lives. In fact, all our lives are to be offered as a sacrifice of worship to the Lord (Ro. 12:1). This means that every moment of every day is an opportunity to worship the Lord. Here are some practical tips to help you worship as a way of life . . .

Consistently participate in worship in a local church. A life of worship is more that worshiping with the body, but it is not less than worship with the local church. Be involved on a consistent basis as an active participant in the worship services of a local church. Let your heart enter into true worship of the Lord with other believers regularly.

Join regularly with others to grow in Christ. Spiritual fellowship is a key element in developing a life of worship. Times of true fellowship with other believers keeps us encouraged and pressing on in our walk with God.

Develop the discipline of turning your mind to God. Understanding that “every good and perfect gift comes from above” (James 1:17). So we can worship God when we see a beautiful sunset, when we hear a child’s laughter, or when we share a good meal with friends. When you enjoy life, let your mind turn immediately to the giver of every joy.

Consistently worship the Lord daily through Bible intake and prayer. If you are engaged in the first two key practices we have discussed, you will set your day on a course in which you will be worshiping God through the day.

Place reminders of God’s goodness in places you need them. If you tend to get frustrated while driving, a short verse on your dashboard about the goodness of God might be helpful. Your bathroom mirror can be a good place for reminders too. Some people may be helped by Christian music or good teaching while driving or exercising or doing chores. Find ways of reminding yourself often that you are called to a life of worship.

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