Our Mission is to organize, train, and equip a lifestyle of worship. This statement may lead to some necessary follow up questions: Firstly, what is worship, and secondly what is a lifestyle of worship.
The word “worship” in current culture brings up thoughts of large stages, contemporary rock, and sometimes fog machines. But in a general sense the worship portion of a church service is confined to the musical section of the service.
Worship is more than music and singing, worship is giving glory to God by our thoughts and actions.
“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
We see from this that worship is more than 20 minutes of music on Sunday morning. Worship is not merely the Radio station you listen to, or reserved for the people who auditioned for the “Worship Team”. We are all called to worship, every day, using all the gifts God has blessed you with.
- If you can sing, sing joyfully to the Lord.
- If you can write, write with truth and love giving glory to God
- If you can draw, make beautiful artwork reflecting God’s amazing creation
- If you are a skilled in business , establish your business with Godly principles
- If you are a leader, use your position to build community focused on God
I want to focus on the gifts of leadership and show the act of worship through the lens of a businessman, specifically focusing on Joseph in Genesis 37-50.
Joseph was gifted with prophetic visions and interpretation of dreams. Early in his life God showed him the future for his own life, with his brothers and father bowing down to him. Yet he met many trials – first being sold as a servant by his brothers. He ended up in Egypt and used his business skill to advance his master’s estate and earned recognition. The people knew he was a man of God, and his success gave glory to God.
2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. – Genesis 39:2-4
But Joseph was betrayed by his master’s wife and sent to prison. In prison he again displayed great administrative skill, and was put in charge of the prison management. Eventually Pharaoh heard about this prisoner who can interpret dreams and calls him out of prison. Jospeh proves his skills and works diligently in every opportunity, not living in regret nor waiting for his next position before he committed himself for the Lord. We live for today, because tomorrow is not promised – how much more so for Joseph who was witnessing prisoners being executed during his time in confinement.
Though Joseph suffered in life, he followed God and put his full effort into every station he was placed. In the end, the Lord made him master over all of Egypt, with the Pharaoh leading only in title.
38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” – Genesis 41:38-41
He prepared the nation of Egypt for an upcoming famine, and through his skilled administrative skills maintained food for Egypt and the surrounding nations for 7 years. In his position he was able to save his own people from starvation and relocate them to Egypt. His brother’s feared retribution from Jospeh, but in the end he offered them forgiveness, himself realizing that his trials were part of his journey, and that God had used his suffering as a blessing.
18 [Joseph’s] brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. – Genesis 50:18-21
We are called to the same blessed life – pursuing God’s call, knowing that as long as we walk in His will we cannot be defeated. Our lives our testaments to God’s love and glory.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that form the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” – Colossians 3:23-24
Martin Luther King, Jr. put it this way:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
Are you working half or full heartedly where you are today? Know that if you are following God, He has placed you in your current position for a reason. You may not receive additional blessings until you’ve made use of the ones God has already given you. (Matthew 25:14-30)
- Everyday we are called to Worship God
- How are you living today to give glory to Jesus?
- God puts us in positions to give Glory to Him and help change the world
- Do you divide your business identity from your Church identity?
- Focus on serving God Now, rather than serving God Next
- Are you putting off serving God and waiting for the “right time”?
- God has created you as a unique individual and blessed you with talents to serve Him.
- What gifts do you have that you can use to serve God and help others?
Michael is a servant of Jesus Christ and is currently an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is a techy by trade, but a worshiper at heart. He founded Armed to Worship with his wife, Kimber, to equip the world for worship.