Author: Daniel Stalliviere
In a study I did recently by Dr. Tony Evans titled "What Matters Most" he talked about the "Four Necessities". These are the 4 biblical items he deemed that are a must for a believer to mature in their faith and learn to trust God in EVERYTHING. This process is known as discipleship. The four necessities are Worship, Fellowship, Scripture and Evangelism. He starts with the necessity of Worship because as he puts it "worship is foundational to everything else in a Christian life" This assessment could not be truer.
In Romans 12:1 we read Paul telling believers to "offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God". He is urging us not to live for ourselves anymore but to live for the Sacrificial Lamb who bought us with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20). He is saying that we are to allow ourselves to be used by God as He sees fit. A knife that is dull cuts nothing but a knife that has been well-kept is usable to the chef. We are to strive to live in a manner that is ready for God's use. You may be wondering how the lifestyle you choose and the way you portray yourself to others pertain to worship. You may have been under the impression that worship is something I do when I sing. On the contrary Paul completes Romans 12:1 with: "this is your true and proper worship."
Worship is more than going to church on Sunday and singing songs when the worship leader sings with you. It's not just the times you are at home, in the car, or in the shower and can't help but sing the song on the radio or on your phone. It's more than an event. Paul is urging that we make it a way of life. He is saying that when we choose to live in a manner that glorifies God by our actions, our speech, our compassion, our fashion, our very thoughts we are in a state of worship to Him. When we are successful in worshipping God as a lifestyle, we begin to reflect His actions, His speech, His compassion, His fashion, and His thoughts. When you are successful at worship you will have the desire to grow closer to God. This is where discipleship starts. It starts with a choice. What will you choose?