To say worshipping God is about more than singing songs is almost cliché. If bringing Him praise is important to you at all, you understand it involves you wholly. But the majority of us miss in one area on a daily basis: in worshipping Him by using the gifts and talents He’s bestowed upon us.
We take them lightly—or we don’t pursue them at all—as if the Maker could make us with useless parts and optional roles.
Scripture tells us differently.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-9
We worship best when we obey our Christ and put the Word in action in our lives. At the very root of that is acknowledging that He is Lord of your life. Too many “Christians” have trouble with lordship. The ancient peoples who wrote the Scriptures would not have. Lordship is all or nothing. A call from a “lord” was not optional, nor would a delay in answering have been tolerated.
But our Lord is loving and gracious; His call is suited to His design of our very beings. For every call, He gives a gift. No better way to worship Him exists than to do the things He’s called and gifted you to do.
In 1 Samuel 15, King Saul’s stubbornness in carrying out the role for which he was anointed was compared to the sin of worshipping idols. Are you stubborn to be who God has called you to be? If so, who is the object of your worship?
We don’t make His plan happen in our lives, but we have a responsibility to live in pursuit of His plan, His direction. God wants to see you move, grow and change. He’s not big on static.
So, here are a few questions to help you evaluate your life at the beginning of this year:
1) Do you know God’s will for your life, the things He’s called you to accomplish?
2) What are you doing to move toward or away from those things?
3) When you die, knowing the things God placed in your hands, are you going to be able to present a pleasing sacrifice to Him?