It’s All Worship

Key verse

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.

Matthew 13:44 NLT



Jesus often taught people about the kingdom of heaven using parables or stories. In this parable, we get a glimpse of what it means to be so enraptured with Jesus that we would be willing to rid ourselves of all we hold dear, including our position and power, our sins and self-righteousness, for the sake of obtaining and keeping the one thing that truly matters—Jesus. This is what it means to live a life of worship or “worthship,” that is, to live in such a way that every single thing we do ascribes worth to Him.

When we talk about worship, usually the things that come to mind are certain songs and the portion of church services when we sing. While that is worship, it is only a slice of the worship pie.

Recently, I asked a friend who owns a cleaning company to clean a rental house for me. As she finished cleaning, she sent me a text to tell me exactly how the job went and continued by saying that she and her team had prayed over the home and asked God to send faithful renters who would treat the home as their very own.

I was blown away by the way she treated her job as an act of worship. Not only was she prompt, honest, and fair in her dealings, but she was also intentional to actively participate in bringing the kingdom of heaven to life in her work. When I later told a mutual friend about the experience, she made the statement, “Everything she does is worship, and it shows.”

 
Everything she does is worship, and it shows.
 

Whoa. What if we lived in such a way that people could easily recognize our everyday dealings as worship? It reminds me of the song, Heart of Worship. One of the lyrics says, “I’ll bring you more than a song, for a song in itself is not what You have required.”

The life we live is an overflow of our understanding and experience of our God. Scripture says that we can only love because He loved us first, and I submit that the degree to which we understand that love is the degree to which we can release it—back to God and into this world. When we see Jesus and His gospel of grace for what it truly is, it compels us to live a life of worship.

Prayer

Lord, we want to give value and honor to Your name in every single thing we do. Give us eyes to see every part of our lives as opportunities to worship You. Let Your love and grace become so rooted in our hearts that our life song is one of continuous worship. In Jesus' name, amen.

Questions:

What mundane job or act in your life is the Lord calling you to see as an opportunity to worship Him?

In what ways can you recognize and actively pursue the kingdom of heaven in those opportunities?


Story Behind the Devo

with Pastor Matt & Felicia Walters


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