Recently I have been reading through a book entitled, Parenting in the Pew, by Robbie Castleman. In a chapter she discusses the importance of going to church- namely, it is… to worship God. She distinguishes between going to church and worship by saying,
“Worship is not a refueling to get us through another week. Worship is not a system of traditions built up over many years of congregational life until everyone feels comfortable. Worship is not a time to unwind, relax, tune out or take a mental vacation. Worship is not an hour of Christian entertainment. It is not what makes us good people, faithful Christians or successful parents. Worship is the surrender of our souls to a God who is jealous for our attention, time and love.” (Castleman, 24)
But it gets better, we do not have to wait til Sunday to worship! In fact, “There is no external circumstance that can keep you from worship” (Castleman, 28)! No matter what you are presently doing, it can be transformed into an act of worship to God. We can be an instrument of righteousness in our daily living. Romans 12:1-2 affirms, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” So what does that look like? In your task of washing the dishes, changing a dirty nappy (diaper), reading for school, making dinner, cleaning up trash, working a job, discipling children- commit your mind to being renewed by prayer and meditation on God’s word. Allow yourself to be renewed in Him and avoid allowing the world to primarily influence your thoughts and attitude. Worship Christ through a thankful heart and tongue. Praise Him for his good deeds, testified through the Scriptures and your personal life. Resolve to singing his goodness aloud!
How have you allowed the Lord to transform your mind recently? Feel free to share in the comment section below!
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