This month our focus in the Bible reading is worship. For many people, worship means attending a church service where people gather to sing, pray and hear a sermon. Oh, yeah and give an offering! While this is probably what a lot of people would define worship as (minus the offering), it is actually just one form of it. Merriam-Webster defines worship as “to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor or devotion”. With this idea in mind, we can actually be worshipping God anywhere, while doing all kinds of different things. We can worship God while we drive, workout, clean, or play golf… when honoring Him is our focus, we aren’t limited by our location or activity.
In our reading this week we come across this in the book of Acts, “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:1-2 (NLT) The situation here is several weeks after Jesus has risen from the dead, and proven to the people that He is God the Messiah. Jesus has given them the assignment to “go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
The followers have gathered together to pray and prepare for the work of telling people the good news about Jesus. Suddenly, and without expectation, God sends them a sign of His presence and power that sounds like intense wind. Immediately the people were very aware of Him and the power of His Spirit, because He actually gave them the ability to speak in languages they didn’t already know. This enabled them to talk to the people of other nations who were gathered in Jerusalem for Pentecost. Absolutely amazing!
Now, I’ve never had that happen to me, but I have been surprised by God in other ways when I was worshipping Him. Sometimes it has been a clear indication that I should call someone, pray for someone, take a strong step of obedience, clear up a relationship, give a specific amount, and a multitude of other things. The point is this: when we are truly in a worshipful mindset, God will meet us right there. It won’t always be in a dramatic form like what happened in Acts, but we can be confident that He is aware of us, and ready to work in, and through, us when we let Him!