"So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27
"Therefore, 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." Romans 12:1
I have had many people ask me what is the more important in the life of a Christ follower, worship or evangelism? The answer that I always give is...YES! I believe worship and evangelism are both equally important, and I don't believe you can separate the two. God's Word tells us that we were created by God, like God, and for God. Everything about us is made to worship our Creator. Paul speaks in Romans 12:1 about life as worship. He speaks about the body - the heart, the hands, the feet, and the mind - as being a living sacrifice to God. This is our true and proper worship to Him. In Romans 12:2, Paul goes on to say, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing, and perfect will." Satan has used the world and the things of the world to grab our attention. Many times we focus on ourselves and the things of this world. We begin to worship ourselves and material things, created things. But we were create to worship our Creator! Nothing else pleases God more than to be worshiped by His creation. He desires living sacrifices, living worshipers. If we truly embrace worship, then it will begin in the heart. Worship that comes from the heart is the worship that God wants from His creation. Jesus said in Matthew 15:7-9, "You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'" Worship is not about keeping the law. Worship is about the heart surrendered to God. It is not a church thing or a one-day-a-week thing; it is an everyday and everywhere thing! As we become more like Christ and as we worship God with our lives from our hearts, we will find that we are also pointing others to Him. Our worship becomes an act of evangelism. David Wheeler and Vernon Whaley say this in their book, Worship and Witness: "Both evangelism and worship are expressions of a life totally committed to Jesus Christ. As such, they allow us to live out our primary purpose as followers of Jesus." We were created to worship our Creator, and evangelism flows from our worship. Have you completely given your heart to Christ? Have you completely surrendered to God as a living sacrifice? If so, then today you will worship Him and evangelize to a dying and lost world.