Day 1: Worship is a matter of the heart. A heart aligned in adoration to a known God – Who makes Himself known through His Word, prayer, other people, His Spirit and even through the world He’s created. The Bible says that all of creation worships Him. And yet, people throughout history have often gone astray from worshipping God and turned to other things. You see, when we worship someone or something, it becomes an object of affection. Besides God, we can express our affection towards people or stuff. Celebrities, sports teams, a social circle, music groups, TV shows, etc. We can worship our house, our status, even our own kids or other important relationships. Reflect on this. What or who is the object of your affection? If something would compete with God in your life, who or what would that be?
Day 2: On Sunday, Cory talked about the potential we have to separate in our minds ‘sacred’ worship versus ‘secular’ living. Attending church is in one box and watching the ball game is in another box. Consider these questions by yourself, around the dinner table or in your small group. How do people separate church from the rest of their lives? Describe how we as people live this way. Why do we do want to separate? Then, discuss this question. In what ways can ‘you’ separate sacred from secular? A.W. Tozer wrote, “It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything.”
Day 3: Let’s talk about worship in the corporate sense. The Bible talks about the importance of meeting together to acknowledge God and give Him honor and adoration. During worship services, people express worship in a number of ways: raising hands up to Him, bowing down before Him, using our voices to sing, silently fixing our attention on Him, reading the Bible, sharing stories - all to the glory and praise of God. This kind of adoration we read about in Scripture. In what ways do you surrender yourself and offer reverence to God during worship? How do you outwardly express this internal surrender? Are there some distractions you face in worship? Do you allow enough time to prepare yourself to worship before the service? How can awareness help you to realign your heart and enter more fully into corporate worship?
Day 4: God makes it very clear that we are not to live separated lives. To KNOW Jesus is to LIVE like Jesus. In every daily action or word spoken, our affection and love for God overflows to everything we do when we are living like Jesus. I Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” Consider a circumstance from the past few hours or last evening. Was worship present in that situation? Why or why not? Consider your next few hours. How might this perspective of worship change your attitude, words or actions? How is your heart and attitude expressing worship?
Day 5: When God is our ultimate object of affection, our love and adoration of Him overflows to the objects of His affection, which are the people around us. It overflows in everything we do…every service, every task, every side conversation, every action and reaction. I Corinthians 10:31 says, “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” and Romans 12:2 “…offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.” Worshipping God changes us from the inside out, and in turn, affects the people around us. In this way, ALL of our actions (even the mundane parts like eating or drinking) ALL of our life is to be lived with the motive and intention of bringing glory to God. What specific next step is God asking you to take to become a person who worships? Find a way to remind yourself to worship throughout today.