WORSHIP… by JW Kaiser
When I was young, I didn’t care much for going to church. I grew up in a “high church” tradition where there were lots of candles and organ music. I couldn’t stand it. I didn’t know how to sing and most of the songs had words I didn’t understand. I just moved my mouth pretending to sing, while day dreaming about surfing.
Later when I was a teenager and was starting to really care about my faith, I felt guilty that I still didn’t like to sing. Somehow I was under the impression that worship was only singing and I knew that worship was an important part of my growing faith.
I’ve come to learn that we can worship God by doing more than just singing in church. In fact, God is glorified when we are living out our worship in the day-to-day things of life. Do you wash dishes? Do it as unto the Lord and it becomes worship. Need to study for a final exam? Do it with excellence and enthusiasm and it could glorify The Lord. Do you have to do something at work you aren’t excited about doing? Do it well and feel God’s pleasure in you. So how about surfing? Can we surf as an act of worship? The simple answer is yes. Of course surfing can be an idol that pulls us away from worshiping God. However, it can also be something that makes God smile upon us. When you surf do you feel God’s pleasure? Try this simple act next time you go surfing. Stop by the waters edge and know that He loves you more than the number of grains of sand on the beach. Say a prayer and paddle out and know that only He can calm the storms of life. Push under the first wave of a set and remember your baptism into the faith. Sit out back and practice being patient for the blessings of God. When that perfect wave comes, remember that it is Jesus Christ who is the only perfect sacrifice to save us and show us God’s love. This is why Jesus is the One we worship.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in few 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
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord…”