Every Single Moment

[Part I]

It happens every week…
My alarm goes off earlier than any of the other six days…
I grab my phone, partly to make sure no one on my team has called in sick, and partly to shoot a quick text to that drummer that always accidentally sleeps in.

I roll out of bed and start thinking about the day: the set list, the flow…

I make the beautiful drive to our church facility, with Mount Hood in my rearview and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest all around…

We walk in… plug in our guitars… check our microphones… We run through the songs… We pray as a team… People start showing up…

The countdown on the big screen hits zero…

Now it’s time to worship… right?

I’m not sure when this became the prevailing thought in our Christian world. But it’s here. Millions of us pull into church buildings every Sunday morning, ready to worship, and then walk out 75 minutes later, supposedly done worshipping until next Sunday.

I’ll be honest: I can fall victim to this way of thinking. For us “church guys,” Sunday comes every week.[1] My day is filled with thoughts of Sunday; songs, videos, the “vibe,” personnel, etc. So sometimes I find myself trapped inside this man-made mindset.

But as I search the Scriptures, especially the New Testament, I see a much broader definition of “worship.” We see it clearly in Romans 12, where we’re instructed to:
…present [our] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is [our] spiritual worship.[2]

I love how Eugene Peterson puts it:
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.”[3]

It’d be enough to stop there, but later in chapter 12, Paul gives us a glimpse of what this “living sacrifice” type of worship should look like:

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”[4]

Now THAT is worship!

I remind our church (and myself) often that, though we sing together in worship to God on Sundays, every moment of our lives is an opportunity to worship our Creator.

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Every moment!

When you’re driving down the road and see the beauty of Mount Hood in your rearview mirror…
When your spouse responds to you in a sarcastic, demeaning tone…
When it’s a lazy Saturday morning and you finally have a day of rest…
When a co-worker breaks down over lunch and tells you all of their problems…
When you’re at a table with friends, eating and drinking together in community…
When temptation is staring you in the face…

Every single moment is an opportunity to worship.

[1] To be fair, I know that Sunday comes every week for everyone else, too.

[2] Romans 12:1, (ESV)

[3] Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

[4] Romans 12:9-21 (ESV)