What does it mean to worship God as an individual? Let me just preface this blog with saying that I am not an expert on worship and I am just portraying what I personally believe worship is and can be. To me, it is possible to worship God in every single minute of every single day. Worship isn’t just singing songs to God. While that is an important part, worship is showing our adoration, love, respect, and complete devotion to God. It is just a matter of if we are willing to show our love in all aspects of our lives. In my eyes, the purpose of worship is to honor God as well as we can. Plain and simple. We can do that in a church service, at home with our families, or in the line at a grocery store or fast food restaurant.
What do I mean by this? It is simple, really. In order to worship, all that needs to happen is we need to get our minds in the right spot. All we have to do is ask ourselves, “How can I honor God in this situation?” As Paul writes in Colossians 3, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” I think that is so crucial to our individual worshipping of and to God. If our minds are always on Him, it would be hard not to worship Him, right?
I think a great way to be thinking of God in all situations is to be constantly reading scripture. It is so much easier to live a Christlike life and to worship God in all things if scripture is a part of a routine. A lot of times we say, “I don’t have time for prayer and scripture reading in my daily life, I am just way too busy.” To that I would reply, “False.” Not in a negative way, of course. I am just saying that it is possible to be super busy as most of us are and still make the necessary time for God. I am betting that over 90% of the people reading this blog get in the car at least once a day. It is really easy to pray as you are driving down the road or to listen to Scripture through your phone.
Let’s just get one thing straight. God does not NEED anything from us. He is way greater than that. I think Pastor Kurt put it best when he said, “We do not worship for God.” He does, however, want something from us. He wants our love, adoration, and obedience. He wants us to be thinking of Him in all situations. While prayer, scripture reading, and singing praises are forms of worship, and great ways to worship God, those things are not all that is involved. Worship is showing the love of Christ to individuals who are hard to deal with. It is not getting mad when you are stuck in traffic and instead thanking God that he has given you a car to travel and not just your own two legs. It is always keeping a mindset “on things above, where Christ is.”