Worship in Three Dimensions: Part 2

The Inward Dimension.

A second category of worship involves our personal behavior. Ephesians 5:8-10 says, “Walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” The word “pleasing” is from a Greek word that means “acceptable.” In this context, he is referring to goodness, righteousness, and truth, saying clearly that to do good is an acceptable act of worship toward God.

Paul begins 1 Timothy 2 by urging Christians to pray for those in authority in order that believers may live tranquil, quiet lives “in all godliness and dignity” (v.2). Note carefully those final three words: “godliness and dignity.” Verse 3 goes on to say, “This is good and acceptable in  the sight of God our Savior.”

So sharing is an act of worship, and that is the effect of worship on others. Doing good is also an act of worship, and that is its effect in our own lives. There is one other relationship that is affected by our worship—our relationship with God.

-John MacArthur, Worship: The Ultimate Priority, 45-46.

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