Summary: We can change the world in which we live by the way we worship, but we must first define worship.
I must first admit that I did barrow the titles of each of my sermons.
My Worship can change the world!
If a man commands his dog to “Fly!” the dog doesn’t stand much of a chance of obeying him. And it won’t help if the man first tells his dog, “Be a parakeet!”
The dog does not have the capacity to obey either command. But if the man says to his parakeet, “Fly!” the parakeet won’t have much trouble taking flight.
When Paul tells us to “Be transformed!” he’s not talking to a dog without wings. He’s talking to people who are hard-wired for transformation. (Romans 12:2)
He’s not telling us to do something we’re not capable of doing. We may need some practice flapping our wings, and we may run into a few walls.
We may even fear leaving our cage. But we do have the ability it takes to live a transformed life.
We are told to worship our God; do we have the ability to do that? With God’s help “All things are possible.”
Do we even know how to worship? Do we really know what real worship is?
Worship - showing respect and love for God. It is the activity of showing respect and love for God, for example by singing or praying.
To study the subject is a form of respect and worship. To tell others about our Lord is to show respect and praise. How we describe or inform others about Him could be worshipping to Him.
I say could be as you could be talking negatively about Him or His servant and His church.
Can we worship something other than God? Yes, we can put many things on a pedestal to hold up and exalt between God and ourselves.
When you see “god” with a small “g” in the bible, you are hearing about OTHER gods. If the bible says their other gods, then we know they are out there. They can be in our lives.
That’s why the very first commandment says:
Exodus 20:3-6 (NLT) 3 “You must not have any other god but me.4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
Our worship comes with many faces, as David writes in the Psalms of his worship to God and he praises Him for all that He has done and the love and mercy bestowed on us. That was worship that changed his world.
Job writes of the never-ending patience that God has given him; that is worship. As Steven is being stoned, he sees the glory of God come upon him; that is worship, martyred for the Lord is worship.
Each one is showing love, respect and obedience to the Lord. That worship changed their world.
Worship is not just singing; it is actions, it is obedience; it is respecting what God has told us to do. Stewardship is worship. Your service to the Lord and His church is worship.