Return to Worship

Return to Worship

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Depending on the expressions of your local church, worship in a corporate setting may include singing, dancing, praying, kneeling or standing in reverent awe. I don’t know about you, but this can be easy to participate in. I mean, I like to sing. And when everyone around me is doing it, participation isn’t too hard. No matter what kind of day I’m having.

But God looks at the heart. And when I get on my own, in the quiet of my heart, especially when I don’t feel worshipful, it’s a bit harder. I fall way short in the day to day of a “…living sacrifice…” and “…spiritual act of worship.” And transforming my mind? That one is a real challenge.

I get impatient with my loved ones. I worry about my kids. I say awful things when I’m angry. I spend far too much time on things that-while not evil-just really don’t matter. None of that feels much like a worshipping heart.

How can I maintain a heart that worships no matter where I am or what circumstances are around me?

There’s a certain leper in the Bible that I believe exemplifies the heart of worship. The story is found in Luke 17:11-19. At the start of the story, there were ten of them. Keeping themselves distant from people as the law dictated. Yet, they dared to approach Jesus and ask him to heal them. He told them to go show themselves to the priest. They turned to leave and were healed on the way.

Only one leper…ONE…stopped, turned 180 degrees and went back to Jesus. He fell at His feet and- in gratitude- worshipped the man who healed him.

When it’s hard to worship, I need to stop and do a 180, return to Jesus and fall at His feet in gratitude for all He has done in my life.

Instead of being impatient with those around me, I need to thank God for filling my life with people I care about. Instead of wringing my hands in worry over my kids, I need to thank God for all the times He has already protected them. Instead of saying awful things when I’m angry, I need to thank Jesus for forgiving me and offer the same forgiveness to others. Instead of spending so much time on less than important things, I need to spend more time telling others about what God has done for me.

Join me in the simple act of saying thank, acknowledging God is responsible for the good in our life, He is in control and He is able. Join me in a return to worship.

Angela Meyer About Angela Meyer

Angela D. Meyer lives in Omaha, NE with her husband and daughter, where she writes women’s contemporary Christian fiction. She enjoys the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh.

Comments

  1. This is such a good reminder for all of us, Angela. It can get too easy to fall into what we view as the “negative” parts of life and ignore the blessings we have each moment.

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