A worship state of mind

Today, let’s worship God.

‘But Matthew, it’s not Sunday.’

Well, yes—you’re right. It’s not. But worship is an all-the-time thing, not just a some-of-the-time thing.

Theologian John Piper writes that “worship means consciously knowing and treasuring and showing the supreme worth and beauty of God.”*

Oh yes.

While there is something special that happens on the first day of the week when God’s people gather to honour and praise him, worship is also a broader mode of being, a state of mind.

It’s what lies behind Paul’s words in Romans 12:1-2: “I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Look around you—at the trees, at the birds, at the people. Look within you—at your design, at your heart, at your purpose. And no matter what you’re doing, worship our incredible Creator God, who continues to breathe life into our world, and who continues to make all things new because of his great, majestic love.

As Piper reminds us, “worship means consciously knowing and treasuring and showing the supreme worth and beauty of God.”*

Worship doesn’t just happen at a certain time—it’s a state of mind.

By Matthew Ruttan

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.
–John Piper, Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship (Crossway: Wheaton, 2018), 17.

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