“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).
What is worship? When we think about the word ‘worship’, many of us probably get mental images of gathering on a Sunday morning to sing songs. The musicians ask us to stand and sing, and we ask the Lord to prepare our hearts for worship.
But what is worship, really? What are we doing when we are worshiping?
Oswald Chamber once said, “God’s training ground, where the missionary weapons are found, is the hidden, personal, worshiping life of the saint.” In Romans 12, the author implores us to present our bodies as living sacrifices because this is an act of spiritual worship. While glorifying God through song is more than appropriate, we often put limitations on worship thinking that it’s limited to the act of singing on Sunday mornings. Worship is more than a song—it’s how we live our lives.
When Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory,” he’s talking about your lifestyle. Worship is the act of turning our faces towards the Father and choosing to serve Him in everything that we do. When we look to serve Him in every part of our lives, we begin to obey and trust Him in all aspects of life. This means that spiritual sacrifice happens Sunday through Saturday, and it’s never-ending.
You seek Him when you’re going to work, when you’re doing laundry, and when you’re parenting your kids. The Lord shows up in the mundane. He’s there on Sunday morning when you’re singing your heart out, but He’s just as present when you’re washing dishes. Being with the Lord is worship. Making space for Him and inviting Him into your every day is worship.
The Lord doesn’t always train you for greatness when you’re on a spiritual high. He trains you for greatness during the rhythm of your life. Your hidden, personal life with God is where the real growth happens. Not during a sermon, and not during a song. The true closeness with the Spirit of God happens in your private life where you worship Him with your whole heart.
It’s in this space with Him—this sweet time spent with the Spirit—that He’s molding you more into His image. It’s in this space where He’s giving you His spirit of resilience. You will find strength, courage, and patience in every season because you’ve been sitting with the Lord.