Some people think that worship of our Creator only happens on Sunday mornings for about an hour once a week. One and done, until the next time it rolls around. When you talk about worship, it adds to that understanding.
We don’t talk about how we worship God every single day. When the word “worship” is mentioned, we mean to only talk about this service. You know, the one where we gather together, where we go through a structure in how we worship God, where there’s singing, communion, offering, a sermon, an opening and a closing.
That’s how it goes when we’re talking about worship. But it is so much more than that! Worship is a lifestyle. This is an every day thing, not just a once a week thing. Worship is how we praise our Creator, our Maker, our Giver of Everything.
This scripture begins by telling us to get rid of all the bad things in our lives. We’re called to rid ourselves of malice, guile, insincerity, envy and slander. It’s not easy to do that, it’s a lot of work. But think of it like going on a diet. You have to get rid of the bad things you consume in order to start consuming the right healthy things, and you can’t eat bad things every single day and each a good and healthy meal only once a week and expect to see a difference in your life.
That’s how our faith works. We don’t just worship our God for one hour on Sunday. That’s not going to make an impactful difference in how we see and act in this world. It’s not going to change our hearts or our lives in the ways we want to see them.
If we are true committed Christians, then we want to see and feel the full difference our Lord God will make in our lives. More than just what worship can do on Sunday morning. We need to be Christ like every moment of our lives, we need to be worshiping our Creator with our lives, not just an hour of our lives each week.
So how do we worship God? We get rid of all those negative things in our lives. We change our lifestyle, and we make God and worship of God at its center. We get rid of all malice, guile, insincerity, envy and slander. I want to mention again, this is not an easy feat. I struggle with this too, but I also work very hard to keep a positive mindset, to not spread rumors or talk bad about someone. I fail. We all do. The point is that we’re trying and we’re doing this to better ourselves as Christians, as followers of the one true Savoir.
We’re told to “long for the pure, spiritual milk so that by it you may grow into salvation…” This is our worship; this is what we get when we worship our Creator. It’s not just something we do because we have to, we do it because it’s so good for us. It keeps us going, keeps us on the right path, keeps us motivated when temptation is lying in every direction.
Make worship a part of your every day lifestyle. As soon as your eyes open in the morning, start praising the Lord. As soon as you get out of bed, start thanking God for all that you have been given and provided. Thank God for the many blessings you have in this world each and every day.
They may seem like small, minute changes, but over time, they will change how to see life and how you do life. We are to do life with God in front of us and with us. In order for that to happen, God needs to be in our every step, our every thought, our every breath.
We need to live, breath, think about God in order to worship our God. We need to recognize that worship follows us throughout each moment in our lives, not just the time we spend here together in this service. This is a moment of truth, a moment when I tell you that you’re not doing enough, that we’re not doing enough to praise our Creator.
When you leave this service today, when you leave this building, I want you to start forming a plan for how you’re going to change your life. Easter is in two weeks. It’s a day for resurrection, for beginning life anew and for radical transformations to happen. Jesus didn’t come out of that tomb like he went in. He didn’t look the same, or feel the same. He was radically transformed into the Risen Christ.
We need to have a similar transformation. Our attitudes need to change. The words that leave our lips need to change. Our hearts and minds and souls need to be softened and transformed into living a lifestyle of worship for the one who created us.
As the scripture says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness and into marvelous light.” We are the ones who are to proclaim our Lord and Savoir, to share the Good News. How does it look when we share the Good News in only one very small portion of our lives?
It doesn’t look like Good News. It doesn’t look like we are committed to living this life. But if we are, as we should be, we are called to live this lifestyle of worship. We need to shout to the Lord, every day, every moment, every breath. This is what will show others we are truly committed. This is how others will come to know our Risen Savoir, the one who died and rose again.
By our actions. By our changes. By our transformation. By what it is we talk about when we go out for coffee, or what it is we post about on Facebook, or what it is we share with others while we’re playing bridge or sharing a meal with someone. This is how we define our life, by the worship of our God. So don’t think that it only happens during this one hour a week of your life. It goes well beyond that. It goes into the very core of your being and the very way you conduct yourself day in and day out.
This is the time to take a moment, to think about your life, to recognize where you have failed to make a true commitment to worshiping God in every breath you take. Make plans over the next two weeks to transform your life. Write those plans down, write down the goal. Post it somewhere where you will see it and read it every day.
Come Easter Sunday, I want that transformation to start to take place. I want you to take the steps to change your life so that you are worshiping God every moment. I want you to follow your plan, to rid yourselves of malice, guile, insincerity, envy and slander, and I want you to find where that sweet, spiritual milk is so you can drink of it every day. We do this because we believe, and we do this because we are committed to our God and Savoir and to our faith.