Bringing Pleasure To God
By Rick Warren
— May 21, 2014
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 NIV).
When I first fell in love with my wife, I thought of her constantly: while eating breakfast, driving to school, attending class, waiting in line at the market, pumping gas—I could not stop thinking about this woman! I often talked to myself about her and thought about all the things I loved about her. I felt close to Kay even though we lived several hundred miles apart and attended different colleges!
Just like my love for Kay transformed everything I did, love for God can transform every activity of our daily lives.
Martin Luther once said, “A dairymaid can milk cows to the glory of God.” Does that strike you as a strange thing to say? How can an “un-sacred” chore like milking a cow be an act of worshiping God?
Worship is far more than church services with singing, praying, and listening to a sermon. Worship is anything you do that brings pleasure to God. The Bible says, “The Lord is pleased with those who worship him and trust his love.” (Psalm 147:11 CEV)
In the Bible, people praised God at work, at home, in battle, in jail, and even in bed! Anything you do can be an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God.
How is that possible? By doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus and by carrying on a continual conversation with him while you do it! The Bible says, The Bible says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV). And then: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 NIV).
The Message paraphrases it: “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering” (Romans 12:1).
Worship is not a part of your life, it is your life.
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