“I appeal to you therefore, brothers (and sisters), by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

// Romans 12:1

Generally we think that worship is the singing at the commencement of church. True worship though is reverence and adoration of God. Singing to God is the starting point and is just one expression of worship.

Worship has always been one of my favorite parts of the service. My first glimpse of my husband, Dean, was when he was leading worship. I was impressed by his talent then and continue to be impressed by his gifts of leadership and preaching today. Those who have the talent to lead worship and preach, inspire me to worship God with greater understanding. For me, worship is a catalyst to display my own unique love and reverence for God.

We all have God-given abilities that we can utilize as a form of worship. Mother Teresa’s work as a missionary is a wonderful depiction of worship through her personal talents. Her compassion was a gift that she used to worship God through her life. She oversaw children’s homes, hospices, soup kitchens, counseling programs and much more in India. She had no intentions for fame, but she became famous for the way she lived and by these words: “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

Often, we use our abilities but do not regard them as much, because they do not receive recognition. They are however, a path through which we can display our love and reverence for our God. Embarrassingly, I once took a few singing lessons in hopes of becoming a worship leader. I made a great discovery. I was not gifted to be a worship leader. Though I still worship from my seat in service, I also worship God by honoring the gifts He gave me personally. Those gifts are, at times, speaking on a stage or, more often, sitting with someone in pain and providing comfort.

The gifts and talents of each person are different. By using your gifts and talents you are worshiping God. In the faithfulness of staying true to yourself, God receives what He desires – our reverence, our adoration, our worship.

// Jill Sweetman