I know I’ve shared several devotions lately…I love reading them. Some, especially, resonate with me. The following devotion was shared by my pastor a year ago on Facebook and popped up in my FB ”memories” today. I don’t know who the author of this devotion is, but it is super! It definitely caused me to ask myself who/what I worship. If I’m honest, lately I’ve spent most of my time on Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, Christmas cleaning, basically working. Honestly I’ve spent more time being like Martha in the Bible than Mary. After reading this, my heart longs to spend more time worshiping at Jesus’ feet than working to accomplish tasks that are not as important. I’m glad I saved this memory at Christmas time because it is usually the time I am busy scurrying about not doing the better thing. I know Jesus is probably shaking his head and maybe even chuckling at me running around acting like someone’s life depends on what Christmas gift they receive. Honestly, it does come from a good place in my heart, but it is Jesus’ birthday! Worshiping and pleasing Him are what really matters. I hope you enjoy the following devotion.
You Are a Worshiper
You, my friend…are a worshiper! There, I said it.
Every day, all day long, everywhere you go, you worship. It’s what you do. It’s who you are.
I don’t know whether or not you consider yourself a “worshiping” kind of person, but you cannot help but worship—something.
It’s what you were made to do.
Worship is our response to what we value most. Worship is about saying, “This person, this thing, this experience is what matters most to me…it’s the thing I put first in my life.”
That “thing” might be a relationship. A dream. Friends. Status. Stuff. A name. Some kind of pleasure. Whatever name you put on it, this thing or person is what you’ve concluded in your heart is worth most to you. And whatever is worth most to you is what you worship.
Some of us attend the church on the corner, professing to worship the Living God above all. Others who rarely step inside the church doors would say worship isn’t a part of their lives because they aren’t “religious.” But everybody has an altar. And every altar has a throne.
So how do you know where and what you worship?
It’s easy. You simply follow the trail of your time, your affection, your energy, your money, and your loyalty. At the end of that trail you’ll find a throne; and whatever, or whomever, is on that throne is what’s of highest value to you. On that throne is what you worship.
Sure, not too many of us walk around saying, “I worship my stuff. I worship my Xbox. I worship my job. I worship this pleasure. I worship her. I worship my body. I worship me!”
But the trail never lies. We may say we value this thing or that thing more than any other, but the volume of our actions speaks louder than our words. In the end, our worship is more about what we do than what we say.
Worship is the activity of the human soul. So not only do all people worship, but they worship all the time. Worship isn’t just a Sunday thing. It’s an all-the-time thing.
If a stranger looked over your actions and words from the last 24 hours, what might he or she conclude that you worship?