Misers appear to worship money and material things. But is
this really worship? No worship is expressed through trust,
obedience and love in expressions and actions of honor and
praise. It is not some repetitive practice, ritual.
The patriarchs worshiped God by offering animal
The Children of Israel worshipped by sacrificing
animal without blemishes and offerings of finest grains
God so loved the world He gave His only Son.
Christ so loved that He offered to God His body as
the only sacrifice to atone, remove or cleanse man of
God accepted Christ's offering thus giving man
opportunity for forgiveness and reconciliation.
This gift of forgiveness is available to all who
accept by putting their trust and obedience in
Christians are to offer their bodies as "living
sacrifices" after having died to sin being immersed
[buried] into Christ's death. Their sacrifice must be
from their inner being out of love and with
thanksgiving for the removal of sin and hope of eternal
life if they remain in Christ. "And you, being in time
past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil
works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his
flesh through death, to present you holy and without
blemish and unreproveable before him: if so be that ye
continue in the faith, grounded and stedfast, and not
moved away from the hope of the gospel" (Col 1:22-23 -
Real or genuine worship to God originates from love, the
giving of one's self over to serving, praising and daily
Godly living. Paul stated it this way "offer your bodies as
living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him.
This kind of worship is appropriate" (Romans 12:1 GWT).
Worship is a participatory activity, not a spectator event.
It is action from within ones inner being whether alone or
in a group. There are benefits derived when worshipping
with others; e.g., one recognizes he is not alone in his
devotion to God and others encourage faithfulness.
"Worship is "the direct acknowledgement of God, of His
nature, attributes, ways and claims, whether by the
outgoing of the heart in praise and thanksgiving or by
deeds done in such acknowledgement." (Vine, IV 236 -
and New Testament Worship, J. D. Bales 1973
Who Is To Be Worshipped?
Paul stated to those in Christ "I urge you, brothers, 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" (Romans 12:1a). Obviously by becoming a
living sacrifice, the object of such devotion very
When there is an attitude of love, peace and gratitude
within one's inner being, there comes forth a desire to
express it in various ways, words, thoughts and actions.
These expressions when directed toward God will take
various forms such as doing good as opportunity arises,
singing praises, praying with thanksgiving, giving because
of the joy of helping others, studying scripture to obtain
a better understanding of what God desires and is pleasing
to Him, remembering the atoning sacrifice made by Jesus and
daily living to mirror or reflect God's image in offering
"your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and
pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate"
God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in spirit
[not physical] and in truth [genuine not ritual]. "John
4:24 declares that 'God is a Spirit.' These words contain
one of the most simple, yet most profound truths which ever
fell upon mortal ear. Their truth is one of the great
glories of revelation, and corrects the mistaken conclusion
of human reason. They show that:
"1. God is absolutely free from all limitations of
space and time, and is therefore not localized in
temples (Acts 7:48).
2. God is not material, as idolaters contend.
3. He is not an abstract force, as [some (rd)]
scientists think, but a Being.
4. He is lifted above all need of temples, sacrifices,
etc., which are a benefit to man, but not to God (Acts
17:25). " [p. 149, The fourfold
Gospel, J.W. McGarvey and Philip Pendleton]
When Should One Worship?
By being a living sacrifice one will in everything gives
thanks, glory and praise to God while looking for ways
a. Assist other children of God and others in need.
b. Encourage others to live sacrificial lives.
c. Spread the message - forgiveness and salvation is in
d. Proclaim and defend the life, death, burial,
resurrection, ascension and return of Jesus, our
Christians will not abandon being with, edifying or
fellowshipping others in Christ, regardless of when or
where they assemble. They will be faithful to their Savior,
to His Message, to His people and not be ashamed of their
chosen way of life. Therefore, worshipping God by serving,
teaching, singing, admonishing and meeting together is not
limited to any specific day or place.
Where Is One To Worship? Jesus told the Samaritan
woman "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will
worship the Father neither on this mountain [Mt. Gerizim]
nor in Jerusalem" (John 4:21). So going to some specific
building or location to worship is not what God desires.
One worships from within rather than some physical
location. Assembling with others of common faith edifies by
increasing the emotions of one's inner being.
How Is One To Worship? Understanding the what, who,
when and where of worship should help in understanding the
how of worshipping. The giving ourselves as a living
sacrifice is a lifestyle of service motivated out of a
desire to be more like Christ while giving Him glory,
honor, praise and adoration.
Man is to worship in his spiritual inner being, his seat of
emotion, and in genuineness not some routine done without
feeling. Consequently, one incapable of performing a
physical act can still worship and serve God.
Therefore, if one's thoughts and emotions are based upon a
knowledge of God and he has an intimate relationship with
Him, he has trained his whole being to love, adore and
praise God with genuineness of heart and desire to please
him. He is now prepared to be a living sacrifice serving
God in spirit and truth.
Since good works that benefit man while glorifying God and
inner being, spiritual, activity, in the form of songs,
prayers, expressions of adoration, praise is real and
genuine worship, then worship activity not from ones heart
is unacceptable worship, for instance:
Prayers offered to satisfy personal desires
Money given for personal recognition
Songs of praise to God sung to the listener with no
thought of God.
Lessons taught for praise of man.
Lord's Supper may be partaken of without
considering Christ's atoning sacrifice and without any
thanksgiving for the forgiveness, redemption and
reconciliation resulting thereof.
Good works done for self-satisfaction
If the Kingdom of God is truly within you, then your
character will be one of love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, faithfulness, goodness and self-control and your
actions will reflect this character.
1. Who is to be worshipped?
2. How often should one worship?
Three times a week
Daily living sacrifices
3. One must go to a church building or temple to
4. Worship is
Bowing down to an
idol or shrine
by a priest
adoration and honor toward God
5. Worship activity cannot be in vain as any type of
worship is acceptable to God.