I worship God during our community's prayer gathering with almost complete abandon. I raise my hands and my voice to God, sing my heart out to Him, and shout my praises to Him like there's no tomorrow. Somehow, I learned not to mind the people around me whenever I worship God in our gatherings.
But, my worship usually stops there. It does not extend to my life. It does not extend to our home or to our workplace. I talk back to my parents. I go to work without vibrancy. I go to work like a zombie just waiting for the clock to strike five. I don't live with much gusto. I only feel alive when I'm worshipping God in our community's gatherings.
One of the most important things I learned in this year's Kerygma Conference was that how you live your life is how you worship God. Your life is the greatest praise you can give to God. Your life is the best offering you can lay on His feet.
If you're living a small life by just settling, by staying inside your comfort zone, and by sticking to the status quo, then you're giving God a "small" worship as well. But, if you live each day with vibrancy, if you're fully engaged in your work, if you fully immerse yourself in your conversations and your relationships, and if you make the most of every day, then you're giving God a big-time worship by expressing His love for you in every thing you do.
Worshipping God is not just about telling people about God. It's not just about singing songs of praise and shouting His name. It's also about showing people how God blessed your life. It's about making the most of the gifts He's given to you – especially the gift called your life. It's about expressing His love for you in every thing you do.
I really believe that the best gift you can give to God is a life well lived. But do you know what the good news is? God loves you no matter how you live your life. God's love for you is unchanging and unfailing. I just love challenging you to live your life the best that you can and offer it to God. After all, He deserves nothing but the best.
"Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance." – Colossians 3: 23-24 NAB
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