By Justin Dale Myers
Throughout my life, I’ve been prompted several times to think about things that I am “spiritually” passionate about. In the past, those thoughts have generally covered things like rescuing victims from world tragedies, or supplying third would countries with fresh water systems. Both are equally incredible things. When I recently was asked to think about something I was “spiritually” passionate about, the question struck me quite differently.
A little back story...I grew up in church, started playing guitar in high school, and I have loved using my instrument to worship God ever since. Rehearsals, Sunday mornings, and nights of worship are what I absolutely live for. However, this new passion expanded my whole idea of "worship" much larger than the box I had built around it.
It occurred to me during a bible study I was a part of on the book of Romans. After 11 chapters of solid theology from the Apostle Paul, we found a very practical application in Chapter 12. Every word seemed to jump off the page. I want you to read through them and receive them into your heart.
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
A Living Sacrifice
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
I was immediately aware of a wall that had been constructed between my day to day life and my spiritual life. My job was far from what I considered "worshipful." My heart would swell and bream with excitement for the next time of worship, and yet it was so far removed from work and the people I labored with. I could feel that wall begin to chip away when I read through these first two verses.
Paul revealed to the Romans that our bodies were living sacrifices that must be made holy and acceptable to God. That means that everything we do with our hands, feet, arms, legs, minds, and etc. must show the world the value that we have placed in Christ. The worth that we have in Jesus must be apparent in everything we do. For me, that meant the apathetic attitude I carried into everything I deemed "not worship" must be destroyed. Every ounce of excellence I wanted to pour into worship must also be poured into my job, my friends, my family, and etc. This was the truly the way to worship Him.
I could feel the grace supporting me as the wall I had built completely collapsed. The souls of my coworkers, lost and saved, had seen the lazy and removed attitude I carried daily. Were they seeing the value I had in Jesus? Did they see an image of Christ in me through my work ethic? All I could do was praise God for His word that is truth and that destroys mindsets that are consumed in pride.
Armed with a fresh perspective on what worship truly means, Paul supplies us with the practical application of worship in verse 2. Our entire life becomes worship to God when we do not conform to and indulge in the world. TV shows, advertisements, social media posts, and countless other outlets promote laziness, greed, and selfishness as a norm in everyday situations like dealing difficult customers, working late because the boss asked you to, or general relationships with family and friends. Instead, through the transformation and sanctification that occurs to our minds, we uncover a new found joy in Gods will and conform to the image of God. Our actions become counter cultural and it draws attention to Christ within us. A difficult customer becomes Gods favorite person. A late night at work becomes an opportunity to bless your employer and your customers. Family and friends become valuable partners in discipleship. We begin to place our value only in Christ, and others see that through the unfolding of our everyday lives. We are living a life of worship.
My passion is this; I want people to know about this wonderful life of worship that God has called us to. A life of excellence in everything we do simply because we value what Jesus did above anything else on this earth. As worship musicians in our current times, we are seeing the power of the Holy Spirit move a new generation in amazing ways. We use our passion to produce beautiful worship sets, write new songs, and to reach new levels of musical excellence. While these things are an incredible part of being that "living sacrifice", it is easy to wall off areas of life that also need just as much or more attention. The world is longing to see Christ through us daily.
I am going to continue writing about the individual facets of this new passion, but for now I'll leave you with a few things will help you take a step into the wonderful, worshipful life that God is calling you to. Posture your heart confidently in the authority it has over the enemy through the power of Christ. Invite the Holy Spirit into your work ethic daily. Take captive each thought and lay them at the cross. Work hard, and do a good job. Show others that God is worthy!