I recently spent a week in Honduras working with some very dear friends. On our second day I had the opportunity to drive for several hours with Pastor Nahun Flores. His truck was having some trouble and we needed to take it to the service station three hours away. We had a great time traveling and talking about life, family and ministry. During the ride I shared with him a worship song that has been very touching and encouraging to me. It's a great song of worship to God. I listen to it every day.
Once we arrived at the service station we discovered a few extra items on his truck that needed repair. Fortunately we were able to get all the expected and unexpected items taken care of for him. When we left we had exceeded his expectations and he was blessed. I know because he told me so. !
So which part of the day was worship?
Like most people I know, I love worship music. I love the feeling of an outstanding team hitting that right chord, that perfect key transition, powering out that awesome chorus. Like most people I know, I literally get goose bumps when the music is just right. The song I played for my friend brings me to tears almost every time I hear it. I love to experience worship music.
But the faith Jesus calls us to, is about more than an experience. Life with the Christ is not as much about what I can experience from Him as it is about what I can become with Him.
The excerpt from the book of Romans says that my life can be lived out as a sacrifice of worship to God. It's amazing that my simple, seemingly small life can be worship to the God of the universe.
Don't get me wrong, it feels a lot better to sing out a great worship ballad then it does to pay for car repairs. So, at times, true worship feels more like work, or ... sacrifice.
I believe that our Father in Heaven loves to hear us sing to Him. And I believe even more that He loves for us to serve His greatest creation, our fellow man. He has been so kind to us. Let us each then make sure we worship Him purely by our kindness, our sacrifice, our life lived out for the care of others.