So we are kicking of a campaign called #thisisworship and Doug did a great job of opening up the series tonight talking about how worship could really be anything. I reminded me of a post I did almost a year ago that was probably my favorite blog post this year. So I made a few revisions and I wanted to re-post it.
Work is worship.
This is a great concept that our Marketplace Matters team has trying to get across for a while; work is worship. This concept really stands out to me personally though, and I wanted to take a few minutes to explain why.
When people talk about worship often they mean singing, those words tend to be synonymous. I want to make the observation that “synonymous” doesn’t mean “mutually exclusive.” I like to sing and I like to sing to God, but I don’t tend to connect that way. Mainly because I can’t sing, and because I am SO bad at it I feel like I cheapen my praise. In the old testament; Deuteronomy 12:6 it says “bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.”
Tithes and special gifts are used in the same sentence. Sounds to me like it should be something special, something important, first fruits. Singing isn’t special or important to me because I am no good at it. Worse I work with people who are AWESOME at it, so I am constantly reminded of my inability. As a result when I do sing, even in praise, I am not overly demonstrative. I have tried to raise my hands while singing, it always feels wrong. However, I noticed a few months ago when I am directing IMAG my hands STAY up, I am super demonstrative (just ask my volunteers or look on youtube I know there are videos out there), and in THOSE times are when I most frequently feel like I am connecting with God. I think the fact that I am doing something I think I am good at makes a difference.
The argument could be made “Yeah but I have seen your IMAG and it’s not that good.” That may be but I direct it with pure abandon, I leave it all on the field. I don’t sing that way, ever. Also I think God knows my intent, when I am directing I do it to glorify him. You could say “Does not the same hold true with singing?” Sure it does, but I didn’t say God had a problem with my singing, I said I did, it creates a barrier for ME.
I also notice the word tithe is use in there in Deuteronomy 12:6 as well. I always heard that explained as giving back to God what has been given to you. Here is an idea, how about tithing on your talent. God gave it to you, what if you actively found ways to give back 10% of the talent you have been gifted with to God.
I would like to think that since it’s something you are going to be good at you might get more out of dedicating it to God. It might increase your connection to God, or give you another way to connect with Him.
Maybe if you are a computer geek you can volunteer to help the church with IT, or if you are a teacher you could volunteer in a children’s program. Just find a way to utilize the talents you have to glorify God.
I see very clearly for me how work is worship, How about you? Can you find a way to tithe on your talent?
Would you consider this tithing with one’s talent?
Absolutely! I think art in all forms as a fantastic from of Worship. Seth Godin does a great job in his book “linchpin” of defining art he says
Art anything creative passionate and personal
Art is about intent and communication
Art is the thing you would do even if you weren’t paid for it
Uses bravery and insight to challenge the status quo
Personal gift that changes the recipient
So yes I think real art is inherently Worship and art for a great cause is even better!
Thanks for sharing Tony