So whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT
About 7 years ago, my boyfriend (now husband) sat me down to let me know God was pulling him away from the career path he had been on and asking him to pursue the life of a Worship Pastor. At the time, neither one of us could begin to understand what that meant for our lives, but we both knew we wanted to dig in and get roots deep with Christ to understand how to get where God wanted us. And so began our journey of studying what a life of worship looked like. In addition to reading the Bible and praying together, we also joined a Bible study at our church. As a group we dove into a book called “The Practice of the Presence of God with Spiritual Maxims” by Brother Lawrence. It’s not a lengthy book, but one of spiritual depth which took us months to get through.
It’s difficult to put into words the change that the Holy Spirit did in both our hearts during those months, but we were never the same after that. God really used that specific book and group of people to alter our perspectives, habits, and our way of life when it came to worshipping God.
I love the simplicity that Brother Lawrence uses to describe what is needed when we go to God. He says, "That there needed neither art nor science for going to God, but only a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but Him, or for His sake, and to love Him only.”
That quote led us to asking ourselves what it would take for us to engage in a continual conversation with God. For us, it was one of the easiest, yet hardest habits to create and by far, one of the most rewarding ones.
One of the things I did was change my phone wallpaper to read: “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” And then by setting a timer to go off every hour during each day. Each time it went off, I paused and asked myself two questions regarding that hour I had just completed. “Who was I serving?” and “Did I bring God glory?”
The point of the pause is never perfection, but rather to intentionally practice the presence of God amidst our daily mundane tasks. In doing so, we will begin to naturally worship our Creator and bring Him glory. Before I knew it, my attitude about continually having to clean the urine off a toilet, floor, and wall from the twin boys I was nannying turned into joy rather than frustration. There are times when I still get stuck in a rut and have to start setting my timers again, so this very devotional is a great reminder for me to do a self-check.
Sometimes worshipping God looks like cleaning the toilet, mothering your children, responding to hurtful words, pumping gas, or posting on social media. Whatever it is we’re doing, when our thoughts, words, and actions bring God glory, we’re worshipping Him with our whole selves.
Let’s not spend the freedom Jesus bought for us, by worshipping things of this world. Let’s be women who intentionally pursue being in the Presence of our King and worshipping Him in our daily lives.
1. What are 3 ways you can implement worshipping God in your daily life?
2. Who can you ask to help hold you accountable to creating these habits?
Father God, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the ability to come directly to You at any given time. Please forgive me for the time I’ve wasted on things of this world. Please help me to create habits that will honor and glorify You. Help me to live a life of worshipping You in all things I do, because You alone are worthy of my praise. In Your glorious name, Amen.
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“We must never rest until everything inside us worships God.” - AW Tozer