June 20 – Worship: The Golden Thread – Unified through worship

Read Romans 12:3-8

When I think of worship, the words to this old hymn come to mind:

When we all get to Heaven

What a day of rejoicing that will be

When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!

These words depict what unified worship will look like when we stand before our Savior. I imagine it will be energetic, full of light, and a celebration like nothing we’ve experienced before on Earth. We anticipate that day when our worship will include people from all nations, races and languages. At last, the created will worship the Creator in Heaven.

Worship takes the focus off of our differences and focuses our attention on the One whom we have in common. When Christ gathers all of the believers together in Heaven one day, there will not be sections reserved for different groups of people. There won’t be divisions based on nationality, style of worship, or amount of worship. We will all be accepted based on WHO we worship.

Believers from all over the world, and from all walks of life, worship the same God, but in many different ways. What one person is capable of, another may not be. So each individual must worship God as he or she can. God uniquely designed us each to use our gifts and talents to bring Him glory. Some have the gift to sing or teach. Others have the gift to encourage, while others handle finances in a way that honors God and makes His name famous. In this way, we all worship through different means, but exalt the same God.

Worship takes many different forms throughout our lifetime. A child might worship by singing songs of praise to Jesus or memorizing Bible verses. A teen may worship by serving in a community center or talking about his or her faith with a friend. Adults can worship by tithing their income, preparing a meal for a family or friend in need, or helping a community rebuild after a natural disaster. Worship, according to Romans 12, can look different for each person.

How has God wired you to bring Him glory? Don’t feel bad if your gift looks different than someone else’s. Don’t judge someone else’s worship style if it isn’t like yours.  Our focus should be on proclaiming the name of Jesus and pointing others towards Him. We can look forward to that one day when we will gather in Heaven for the biggest worship celebration ever; but until then, our worship should draw others to Him.

Tammy Finney

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