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Thought: Someone said that “Service is love dressed in work clothes.” To love God is to serve Him; to serve Him is to love Him. Some of the words translated as “worship” in our Bible originally meant “service”. 



“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship (or “your reasonable service”).
Romans 12:1


Paul wrote to the church in Rome, where a sacrifice was commonplace. The gods were meant to be served, this meant bringing some offering or gift to the temple. For the early church, this presented a problem, as they refused to bring an offering, and they were prohibited from taking part in daily activities. I look at this scripture and often wonder why we think we come to church to receive rather than to give. The Old Testament also has this idea, that worship was an opportunity to give. To worship the King was to declare our allegiance or our sworn duty. This meant we were in the kings' service, and meatloaf had a worship song, I will do anything for love, but I won’t do that.  Watching the proclamation of the new King Charles III, It is worth noting that our government, police, army etc swear their allegiance to serve their new king.


1. Worship is not just singing

Comfort to those of us tone-deaf people, if my worship to God was being judged like on the Xfactor, there would be no golden buzzer for me. Fortunately, I can offer my reasonable service to God and it’s counted 

Worship is sacrifice, a sacrifice of ourselves, in the serving of our King, laying our lives down, Jesus did this with many tears. Crying not my will but yours be done. We pray this your kingdom come your will be done, on earth like it is in heaven, this means us. I’m what other ways is the lords will going to be done other than through us.

In the OT, they were often used in the service of the priests and Levites in the Temple worship. We still call this, what we do in church on Sundays, a worship service.

We have our times of singing and serving today. We have times we dedicate to the Lord, in our daily devotion our prayers and our time in telling others about Christ.  Examples are the 7 chosen to serve the apostles in handing out food. Paul describes himself as a minister of the gospel, (minister means servant)

2. Worship is service. 

The words “worship the Lord” and “serve the Lord” were used interchangeably in the Bible. To worship God is to serve Him.

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” 

Joshua 24:15 

These false gods mentioned here, may not seem to apply to us, we don’t sacrifice to these temples, but we do spend time in service to things.  Jesus mentioned this he said in Matthew 6

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. (Amp)

Matthew 6.24


 To worship God is to serve Him. What does it mean to serve the Lord? It means to do what God wants

What does it mean to serve the Lord? What does it mean to serve anyone? It means that you do what they want. To serve someone simply means that you are willing to do whatever he needs, whatever she wants to be done. Whatever! Paul would say of himself I am a bondservant to Christ. 

The servant’s heart is the heart that says, “Yes Lord, to anything, anytime, anywhere.” It’s the heart that says, “Whatever! Whatever you want, I’ll do.” We want our default answer to God to be “Yes. Yes, Lord to anything, anytime, anywhere.” Whatever! 


3. “What does God want me to do?” 

The place to start is where we are! I think that God starts where we are, so that’s a good place for us to start. When we wonder what God wants us to do, start where we are. Whatever we are doing, do it for God. 

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Many people think that God can’t use them where they are. But, certainly, God can’t use them where they aren’t.” 

We serve God right where we are by doing whatever we do for the Lord, and doing it the best we can.

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:22-24

Notice that he says, “whatever you do”, do it with all your heart for the Lord. Whatever we do. Paul was writing this to slaves, men and women who didn’t have a choice in what they did. Their masters probably weren’t concerned whether their slaves liked their work, found it fulfilling, or that it matched their gifts or temperaments. Slaves simply did whatever they were told.  we aren’t a slave;  we have a choice. So, whatever we do, do it with all our heart for the Lord. 

It doesn’t matter if we are a doctor or a drill sergeant, a builder or a cook, a teacher or a solicitor, a stay-at-home carer or a travel-the-world business person -whatever we do, do it with all our heart for the Lord.


“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship (or “your reasonable service”).
Romans 12:1

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