Session 18

What does it look like to worship?

From A Celebration of Advent: A 25-Day Devotional

Jesus was probably 1 or 2 years old when the wise men arrived. Still a babe, Jesus was unable to do anything for them. Yet they were overjoyed to see Him and showered Him with gifts fit for royalty (Matthew 2:10-11). 

The wise men celebrated Jesus purely for who He is. A miracle child and promised king. Jesus had yet to heal a single person or preach a single message. But they bowed down and worshipped Him. 

“And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” - Matthew 2:11

God loves it when we acknowledge the good things He does for us. But even if God never did another thing for us, He would still be worthy of our worship. 

Worship is more than singing. Worship is a life lived for the Lord. Romans 12:1 tells us, “true and proper worship is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” 

Worship is willingly surrendering to God’s plan for our lives every day. When we do, we give Jesus the greatest gift of all — a heart devoted to Him alone. 

The intimacy that comes from being fully known and loved by God changes us from the inside out. It causes us to lift our hands in praise and bow our heads in prayer. It gives us hope, even in hard times, and allows us to celebrate God just for who He is. 

Reflect: 
  • Can you remember a time when you were worshipping and felt overjoyed? Where was your attention at that moment?
  • When was the last time you celebrated who Jesus is? Take a few minutes to tell Jesus what you love about Him. 

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