Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you. (Gen. 22:5)
In the Christian church, we often mistake worship as the portion of the church experience when we get to sing. Christians walk into church, hoping to hear their favorite worship song; in fact, I have done that very thing. However, worship is more than singing a favorite song, hymn, or chorus. Worship is dedicating our life to following God, even when that calling is truly sacrificial.
In today’s text, did you notice in verse 4 that Abraham, Isaac, and two servants traveled for three days before reaching the region of Moriah? Abraham spent three days deliberating what God had requested. And yet when the time came for Abraham and Isaac to ascend the mountain, Abraham told the servants that they were going over to “worship.” Our notion of modern worship, thankfully, does not include human sacrifice.
However, in that same text, we experience another level of Abraham’s faith and trust in God. Abraham believed in the power of faith expressing itself in worship faith. Abraham saw what he was about to do as an act of worship. However, did you also notice that Abraham told the servants that he and Isaac would return? Abraham’s desire to worship God was powerful, and it demonstrated Abraham’s trust that God was about to do something epic. Worship is not just a song sung; it is a life of robust faith in God.
Seek to live a life of worship that reflects your faith.
Chris Whetlor serves as spiritual formation pastor at Real Life Wesleyan Church in Mechanicsville, Maryland, and is completing a DMin in spiritual formation at Wesley Seminary.
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