Recently at a teenage girl’s event called Elevate held at the Cove Church in Mooresville, I had the awesome privilege of helping lead worship in song. With that came the responsibility to speak what God wanted me to say to those girls during the response time. God continually kept bringing me to this topic of worship. We all, as creations of God, are really created to worship our Creator! And although a huge part of it is praises and singing, worship is more than that. Songs, singing, clapping, and lifting our hands in the air is only a small part of it. Worship is how we actually choose to live. Since we were created for this thing called worship, if we are not spending our time worshipping the one who created us to do it, then we are certainly worshipping something. This can look different for everyone.
Sometimes it’s other people or even ourselves that we worship. In Luke 9:23 Jesus said,” If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Many teens struggle with peer pressure and fall into some bad choices as a result. And, we as women, and sometimes men, get caught up in people pleasing. We will do almost anything to make sure everyone around us is happy, eventually finding that this leads only to emptiness and frustration. The fact is, we can’t make everyone happy. It’s impossible. It’s easy to forget that we are living for an audience of ONE. We too often worry about what everyone else thinks and forget to ask God what He thinks.
For some, money and material possessions become the recipient of their worship. Remember the rich young ruler that came to Jesus that day? He wanted to know what to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to sell everything he had and give his money to the poor. Then Jesus told the ruler to come and follow Him. The young man, with a sad face, turned and walked away. (Mark 10:17-18) Can you relate? I know there have been times in my own life that I certainly chose to follow someone or something more passionately than I chose to follow Christ. So the questions are, what are we choosing to worship? Is Jesus our everything? Is it evident to people when they see us in day to day situations that we are, in fact, living for an audience of One?
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. Psalm 150:6
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1