Romans 12 describes worship as a living sacrifice. Our instruction for worship is to “take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.”
In an era of rock star worship leaders, jumbotrons displaying lyrics over edgy video and either emotion or excellence over substance, this simple, elemental concept is easily lost. We gather in houses of worship and often walk away forgetting that each human is built to be a house of worship. Holiness and glory reflection are built into our DNA. Our greatest expression of worship is not singing a song on Sunday but rather serving in love on Monday.
Having led worship music on Sundays for 20 years, I know this tension well. Collective worship should spur personal worship, and personal worship should well up inside us so much over time that we need to release it collectively at high volume. It should be cyclical. It can be cyclical.
Do not miss those precious moments of worship that can be found in the ordinary. Engage the homeless person by sharing your life and a little coin. Wash the dishes for your spouse. Soak and wonder in God’s creation. Support a child in a third world country. Mow your neighbor’s lawn. Take your ordinary life and engage in worship. And watch the ordinary become extraordinary.