Our simplified and easy-to-remember definition of worship =
glorifying(adoring praise, thanksgiving) God and enjoying Him.
If we evaluate our loves of hobbies, toys, gadgets, and pleasures, we quickly find that God is not our primary praise receiver. We enjoy other things more than enjoying a relationship with Him. He is not our treasure. We do not value and enjoy Him as we should. We value and enjoy other things. In short, we have a worship problem.
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money (mammon-earthly, material treasures, especially money).
Here are some helpful questions to expose where our heart lies:
- If I could only take one thing from my burning house, what would it be?
- What is the first thing I want to do when I finally get some free time?
- Where do I rest?
- What gives me the most pleasure? What gives me the greatest sense of purpose?
- What do I daydream about?
- What do I talk about the most? What material do I post on social media the most?
Why isn’t God on this list? There are a few reasons why we have a worship problem:
- We are sinful (Romans 3:23, 3:10)
- We are lost (Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!)
- We pursue cheap satisfaction (Romans 1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.)
There is hope. God helps us, and makes us a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). He has made a way through Christ for us to begin and grow in a relationship with Him (Colossians 3:2-3). We are able to seek the kingdom of God and pursue Him instead of being distracted by the world. And we have our ultimate joy and satisfaction in knowing Him and worshiping Him (John 17:3).
- Psalm 34 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
- John 15 Vine and the branches, abiding in God
- Ecclesiastes The futility of worldly pursuits
Questions to the continue the conversation:
- What is your favorite thing in the whole world in this moment?
- What action(s) give you a great sense of purpose, where you feel like what you are doing matters?
- Have you ever spent time with God in worship, prayer, or His Word and felt His presence? Describe that situation.
- What are some other ways we can glorify God and enjoy Him besides singing?
- How can we remind ourselves to pursue God above everything else?