“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” — Psalm 95:6, NIV
Everyone has different interests and skills that God has given us. It is our choice what to do with our talents. If you have a love and passion for God, you can turn your talents into creative worship.
Worship is much more than singing a song or words found in a hymn book; although, that is one way we can worship the Lord. When we worship, we are bringing God glory and honor, we are devoting our time and hearts to praising Him. When we allow our personal gifts and creativity to be used to honor God, we are brining Him passionate worship from our hearts.
Here are a few of the many creative ways to worship with our interests and passion for God.
Worshipping God Through the Arts
“He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers — all of them skilled workers and designers.” — Exodus 35:35, NIV
Some people are gifted in art, whether it be through music, design, dance or any other form of art. You can use your skills in art to bring glory to God by focusing on Him and praising Him for the talent He has given you. There are many artists who draw inspiration from what God has done in their lives and what they see in creation.
Another way artists and creators can worship is through sharing the gospel. Perhaps, it’s through video or choreographed dance or song. You never know who will be touched by the message and the impact that you are able to have on someone’s life.
Worshipping God Through Teaching
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” — Titus 2:7-8, NIV
When we offer God our best and our hearts through worship, we may also impact those around us. Teaching is a very important talent that some people possess. It may be in a church setting, such as leading a Bible study or Sunday school class or helping teach kids programs. It may also be through a school setting or classroom or, even your own children.
No matter who you are teaching or at what level, you can use teaching as an opportunity to worship God. Whether it be trusting Him with lesson plans or caring about those in your community, you can let your love for God overflow onto those around you. You can honor and worship God as you teach.
Worshipping God Through Technology
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” — Matthew 24:14, NIV
In the times when the Bible was written, the internet was not invented, and many of the technologies we have today were not even a thought yet. However, this does not mean that we cannot use these tools to further God’s kingdom. In fact, technology can help spread God’s Word and the gospel to people from around the world.
We can worship the Father by honoring Him with our use of technology. There are both positives and negatives to things like the internet and social media. However, when we have our hearts in the right place and are focused on Him, we can do a lot of good and use them as forms of worship.
Technology also connects us with other believers and their talent, praise and worship. For example, music and video streaming services allow for people from all around the world to connect. Technology also allows for many people to have access to resources, Christian podcasts or church services at any given moment.
Worshipping God Through Caring for Others
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” — Hebrews 13:16, NIV
Caring for those around us pleases God. In fact, Matthew 25:40 says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” When we have the ability to help those who are in need, we can worship God through giving our time, energy and knowledge in love.
Caring about others does not have to be a huge grand gesture, but rather it can also be simple acts of selflessness for those around us. Even just by simply checking in with someone or offering our help while they are hurting or in need can make a huge difference in their lives and also show them the love of Jesus.
Worshipping God Through Ministry
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” — 2 Timothy 2:15, NIV
Ministry is another way to bring God glory and praise. Whether it be through international ministry opportunities, local ministry opportunities or any other wide variety of ministry passions, this is a great way to bring worship to God. We can sacrifice our own ideas and lifestyles in order to serve those in the community and, most importantly, the Lord.
Worshipping God Through Leadership and Management
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28, NIV
Perhaps your passion has to do with leadership or management, or perhaps you dream of working in business. It is possible to serve God and worship Him in the midst of these rolls as well.
Acting thoughtfully, ethically and with purpose is a way we can worship God with our actions every day. We have a choice in how we are going to act and respond in situations — we can do what is best for our own desires or what is God’s will. Leading others requires us to have humility and a desire to serve which can point toward God.
Worshipping God Through Words
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” — Ephesians 4:29, NIV
If you are reading this right now, you know that words have meaning. Our words spoken or written can be worship to God. Whether it is through song, prayer, poetry or words are how we communicate with each other but also how we can worship God.
God has gifted us with language and our and our abilities to write and speak. If this is your passion, look for opportunities to use these skills to worship and glorify Him. Maybe it’s through encouraging others, writing music or sharing the gospel. No matter how, we can choose to worship God with our words.
Worshipping God Through Counseling
“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” — Proverbs 11:14, NIV
Do you have a heart for helping those who are hurting, struggling or confused? Perhaps, counseling is one way you can offer your passion to God. In the book of Proverbs, God tells us of the importance of wisdom and guidance in wise counsel.
Worshipping God Through Nature and the World
“They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty — and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” — Psalm 145:5, NIV
God is the creator of the world and everything around us. From the sky and ocean to the land and the human beings and animals who live here. We can worship Him by having a grateful spirit as we enjoy the beauty of the world around us and the intricate science of all He has done in creation.
We can look at the wonders around us and praise Him for them. Each day He has given to us and we can celebrate that daily.
Worshipping God Through Doing the Right Thing
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” — Romans 12:21, NIV
When we are faced with temptations, our actions can honor God and His will or go down another path. No matter where we are in life — whether as leaders, friends, employees, students, etc. — we can worship God by trusting Him completely and devoting our whole heart to Him with whatever we are doing.
We can choose to live with honesty and integrity. We can “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8, NIV).
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Approved by the Global Outreach Coordinator of The Department of Spiritual Life on Sept. 15, 2022.
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