I was listening to a podcast from the pastor of a church with a strong worship culture earlier this week. In his message, he made an incredibly simple yet profound statement that has been working on me ever since.
Is Jesus your weekend activity or your daily priority?
Wow! Those words hit incredibly close to home.
As a worship leader, I spend quite a bit of time planning out, preparing for, and looking forward to the weekend activity of worship. Most of my week is filled with listening to, preparing charts for, and rehearsing the band for the 4-5 songs that we will be singing in our Sunday morning worship services. It’s difficult for me to move beyond that weekend activity into a daily priority.
In June, I wrote this post stating that our worship of God is so much more than songs, it is a whole life response to who God is and what he has done. In it, I referenced Romans 12:1 because it is one of my absolute favorite scriptures in regard to worship. Let’s look at it again.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1 NIV)
Paul makes it quite clear. Our worship is a response to “God’s mercy” that is played out daily through the offering of our bodies and lives. It is more than a weekend activity. It is our daily priority.
In the opening chapter of Philippians, we come across this idea once again.
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. (Philippians 1:20 NIV)
Our lives, our whole lives are meant to be filled with the glory of God. We were created to magnify Him in all we do. What good is it if we pay God lip-service on Sunday mornings but don’t live that out the rest of the week? In Matthew, Jesus addresses this by quoting the prophet, Isaiah, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me,” (Matthew 15:8 NIV).
Let’s move beyond the point of being Sunday morning Christians. Let our times of worship on Sundays be a reflection of what we’ve been practicing all week. Let’s learn to daily live out the greatest commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30 NIV)
So this week, do something to make Jesus your daily priority. Crack open your Bible and read a chapter a day. Spend the first 5 minutes of your day in prayer. Reach out to someone in need. Do something.
Make Jesus more than just your weekend activity. Make Him your daily priority.
Director of Contemporary Worship