Worship is a lifestyle

Worship is a lifestyle?

Worship is a lifestyle. I hear this phrase all to offten. The idea behind this is that worship isn’t just something you do on Sunday it is your whole life. The problem with this is that once worship becomes everything it becomes nothing. It makes is so terribly difficult to have a conversation about what might be an appropriate expression of worship in a corporate context.

There is no notion in scripture about worship being everything. The most common word translated worship is proskuneo. It can mean a lot of different things but they are all specific and intentional expressions of worship. There is another word translated as worship: sebomai. It carries the idea of reverence and in the NASB is also tranlated devout or God-fearing.

If I said everything in my family life is an act of love for my wife there would be a ring of truth to it. If that was how I defined love it would fall short. I want and need to express my love to my wife directly. There has to be something distinct and specific to our direct expressions of love. If we don’t we fail to adequately communicate that love.

The idea that our walk with God doesn’t end after a worship service is valid. I think the best words to describe living an entire life dedicated to God would be reverent or devout. One might even call it discipleship.

  1. #1 by Andrew on January 28, 2006 - 2:46 am

    Excellent post. Good food for thought.

  2. #2 by bud on January 29, 2006 - 11:46 am

    To take your analogy to loving (worshiping) your wife, I would say that to worship her would be to want to know everything about her and respond in such a way as to please her.

    Just a thought but it takes nothing from your exellent post.

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