I was listening to a message by Mark Driscoll recently on worship and he defined worship as the object we give glory to and that we make sacrifices for. The basis of this definition comes from Romans 11:36-Romans 12:1. It says, 'For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.'
We are finite creatures that have limited time, energy and resources. We therefore are forced daily to say 'yes' to things and 'no' to other things. When we give 'glory' to something it means we are giving it prominence and first place in our lives. Whatever or whoever occupies that place of 'glory' in our life will determine the sacrifices we make. For example, food, might occupy the place of glory in your life. As a result you willingly sacrifice money, time, and your own health in order to worship the god of food.
Worshiping Jesus means that He has the highest place of prominence or glory in our life. When we say yes to Jesus it also means that we are sacrificing our right to call all the shots, chase any pleasure or sin we want to, and act how ever we feel, etc. The fact is we ALL are worshiping someone or something. I choose to stumble up hill along the path of becoming more and more of a true worshiper of Jesus. Why would we ever want to entrust our life into anyone else's hands?
In pursuit of Him,