Let Every Endeavor Be One of Worship

Let Every Endeavor Be One of Worship

“O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.”

I remember once hearing of an anecdote about a particular monk in a monastery.  This particular monk was in charge of cleaning the dishes after the meals were served, and would, naturally, spend quite a bit of time before the sink in the kitchen, scrubbing pots and pans, a task to most that is not only not very enjoyable, but pretty difficult and taxing.  This monk, however, had a completely different way of looking at it – he had installed, above his sink, a plaque that read “Worship held here three times daily.”

He approached even this most mundane task with the idea that it should be done with a sense of worship. Now, we can speculate as to Let Every Endeavor Be One Of Worshipthe the nature of this plaque – did he put it there as a way to “force” himself to remember to worship?  Was he trying to make it seem like it wasn’t so bad?  Or was he really just so in touch with God that every single thing that he did, he presented it before the Lord as a task worthy of worship?  We can’t really know the answer to that – but it should give us pause to think about the way that we approach our relationship with the Lord.

God calls us to worship Him in all things… so then, what is worship, especially in this context?  If we go by a dictionary, we see “Show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites,”  and this isn’t a bad description.  What would it look like if you showed reverence to God in everything you did?  What would it look like if, when you were talking to you neighbor, you did it for God’s Glory?  What if, when you were talking about your neighbor, you did so for His Glory?

It doesn’t matter if you’re mowing the lawn, changing a diaper, or driving to work, all things can be done in worship and service to God.

Worship well.

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8:1 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens. (ESV)

  • Mike R

    Truly a tall order from God. I spent 3 years in a small church playing on the “worship team.” One would think that is true worship with a joyful noise and all that goes with that type or position. A good many times it wa worse than going to the dentist and having a tooth filled without any laughing gas. That being said sometimes worship is about perseverance and pushing through. The picture you present here is kind of light and fluffy and makes one think “sure I will give the old college try.” If only it were that simple. Maintaining an attitude of worship is hard work. But it also very rewarding. Some of the biggest growth will come when you absolutely do not want or feel like worshiping at all.

  • Alex

    Hrm – that’s a valid point… I’m not in any way trying to convey that it will always be easy, rather, i think that it’s important to remember that we are called to be worshipful.

    Sure – there will be times where we are down and out, tired, and low. But we should take that time to remember who we belong to, we are Children of God!

    Yes, musical worship can be absolutely horrid and incorrect – all you have to to is turn on a popular Christian radio station to hear how bad (theologically or just audibly) some of the music can get… but it’s more than just singing, it’s putting your whole life on the altar for God – worshiping Him whenever and wherever. And yes, that is difficult and tasking at times.