Jesus said: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Jesus also said: “When you have done this for the least of these you have done this for me.”
Most of the time when we think of worship we think of singing, praying, reading, listening, communing, i.e., things we do that are “set apart” from “regular life.” However, this is a narrow view of worship and as such, a flawed one. Worship is much broader and more encompassing. Worship touches the entirety of life- worship is a way of living. Within this this ‘way of living,’ serving others is paramount. As a matter of fact, the Hebrew word for worship can also be translated as “serve.” Some will object at this point saying, ‘But proper worship is directed at God not others.’ Well, I say, you’re right BUT, and this is a big BUT, how are we called to worship/serve God? We are to serve/worship God by serving others. This is what Jesus taught us with his words and his actions.
He spoke this perspective when he likened the two greatest commandments, love God and love your neighbor, to one another. He displayed this perspective by showing that the Son of Man himself came not to be served, but to serve as he gave his life as a ransom for many. According to Jesus, we serve and worship God by serving one another! Jesus teaches us further that loving him looks like loving the least. What is of utmost importance is to recognize that an integral part of worship directed at the Father, Son and Holy Spirit looks like serving and loving God’s broken world just as His Son, our Lord did.
This Saturday is the first of many Service Worship weeks where Gather Church gathers as a worshiping body in service to our community. This week we will meet at the building (104 S. Rock) where there will be an array of opportunities to serve. Please come, work clothes on and join us as we worship the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit!