What or Who Do We Worship?

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Contributed by Brian Shifflett, Worship Pastor of Image Church

Many people, Christians included, believe that worship is simply an event that happens on Sundays or perhaps a particular style of music.  Though worship is large enough to encompass those things, it is certainly not bound to them.  Worship manifests itself in all facets of life and is either connected to, or disconnected from, God.  We were created to be worshippers and therefore will give our hearts, minds, money, and devotion to someone or something.  This is true for all people at all points in human history.  The issue is we often wrongly worship due to our sin nature.  Romans 11:36-12:1 offers great insight into what worship is and who ought to be the object of our worship.  It says this:

36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.  1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [ESV]

So worship is something or someone that we give glory to by making sacrifices for.  We all make sacrifices.  We constantly give up one thing to do another thing that we find more glorious.  Whoever or whatever is most glorious in our lives will be what we are most deeply passionate about and make sacrifices for, in order to express our worship.  So when we make sacrifices towards struggles such as alcohol, drugs, watching too much TV, or whatever it is that takes the position of glory in our lives, we ultimately have a worship problem.  And when we are worshipping something or someone other that God, we are left unsatisfied and without joy.

The essence of worship is being satisfied in God and cherishing Christ as gain.  There is not another thing, person, or place in this world that will bring satisfaction or joy to our lives apart from Jesus.  We are image bearers of God, made to worship Him and Him alone.  I challenge all of us to dig deep and figure out what it is that we are worshipping and if we are truly satisfied in it.  What do we sacrifice for?  May we choose to put Jesus as the object of or worship and offer ourselves to Him as living sacrifices so that He may be glorified and we may be satisfied in Him.

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6 Responses to “What or Who Do We Worship?”

  1. tobyward Says:

    Good stuff Brian. Offering ourselves as living sacrifices paints a vivid picture. Good post.

  2. nate Says:

    Great post. Time to do some self examination.

  3. Amy Nagy Says:

    Amen, Brian! A very convicting truth. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Elena Schuenemeyer Says:

    Thank you Brian for encouraging us to give it all to the Lord. He is worthy of our sacrifice!

  5. mikescott92 Says:

    Good post B.. The verse where it states our bodies are a living sacrifice really jumped out at me this time. Most people view their bodies as theirs and that what they do only affects them. However the seriousness of Holy and Acceptable should be taken in to consideration all the time.

  6. Christina Schuenemeyer Says:

    Agreed. I always think heaven will be amazing because everything we do will be worship to God. Like every action and every word will be glory to Him. That’s the best thing ever and fills my heart up. But then, I think, by God’s grace, we can do that now, here on earth. Or at least try to. That just blows my mind…

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