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Is Everything We Do Worship?
by: Dalton Gilreath

There are many today who have adopted this line of thinking that everything we do is worship to God. In other words, you don’t have to assemble together or act out a particular part of a worship service in order for your actions to become worship. Even outside of the scriptures no one could logically conclude that everything we do is worship. Surely one would not suggest a sin is worship to God. I suspect the argument is more geared toward every positive action being worship to God. However, this is simply a misunderstanding of the term “service” and the term “worship”. We can certainly serve God in many different ways every day, but we do not worship Him in all that we do (Romans 12:1, Colossians 3:17).

It was Abraham who said that he and his son would “go yonder and worship” (Gen 22:15 KJV). The walk there and back apparently was not part of the worship although that trek was part of their process to serve and obey God. After David’s son passed he “came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped” (2 Sam 12:20). If everything we do is worship why would David go to the house of the Lord to worship for a brief time? A New Testament example is seen in the wise men who came to see Jesus. When they arrived they “fell down and worshipped him” (Matt 2:11). Clearly the Bible does teach that worship has a beginning and that the time, intention, and location have a part to play as well (cf. Acts 8:27). This erroneous view of worship is detrimental as it has led many to willfully avoid attending worship services believing everything they do each day constitutes their worship to God.