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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Service as Worship

(NOTE: For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, you may have noticed that I have not blogged much these past few days. I was in California for the past week taking care of some family business. I am now back home in New Jersey and will be getting back to my regular routine of blogging. Thanks for reading my blog.)

Jesus taught that the greatest commandment is that we should love God with our hearts, minds, souls, and strength (Mark 12:30). We worship what we love. So, if we love God we will worship God and we should worship Him with our hearts, with our minds, with our souls, and with our strength. Another way of putting this is that we should worship Him with our thoughts, with our words, and with our actions.

Praise should always be on our lips. The words of our mouths should bless the Lord and His praise should always be in our mouths (Psalm 34:1). Our thoughts should also be filled with praise. Jesus taught that where our treasure is, there our hearts will also be (Matthew 6:21). The thoughts of our minds reflect what is in our hearts, and so if our hearts truly treasure God, then our thoughts will be filled with His praise.

Our actions must also reflect our love of God. We are called to worship Him with our very lives (Romans 12:1). Everything that we do should reflect our love of God and give Him praise. One of the best ways by which we can worship God through our actions is through service to His people. Jesus said that the second most important commandment is to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:39). It is clear throughout Scripture that the way in which we treat each other, our families, friend, neighbors, and even strangers, is important to God. So, when we serve others, we are serving God. Our service is worship.

When we give of our resources, our time, and our finances in order to help others, we are worshipping God. Going out of our way to spend time with someone who is alone or homebound is worship. Taking the time to listen to someone who needs a shoulder to lean on is worship. Giving up some of your time to work on the home of an elderly person living alone is worship. Jesus said that the things we do for others, we do for Him (Matthew 25:40). The things that we do for others, just like the songs of praise we sing, are part of our worship of God.

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