Faith is no longer wrapped up in a building; it’s wrapped up in every soul who loves Jesus. – Jefferson Bethke, Jesus > Religion
Worshipping God shouldn’t be restricted to Sundays in church, what we classify as ‘Christian music’, or a job in ministry. On Saturday night, James Reimer gave all the glory to God for his work on the ice. Sufjan Stevens is just one example of an artist who creates beautiful music to praise God, even though he doesn’t write explicitly Christian lyrics. Peter was a fisherman, Paul was a tent maker, and Jesus was a carpenter – you can bring glory to God wherever he has placed you. God doesn’t work within the boundaries of the church, and he deserves the glory for all of it.
Paul said, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). God’s glory shouldn’t be restricted to explicitly Christian things, because he is present everywhere – in the church, in the classroom, and at the hockey rink. Not just on Sundays, but Mondays to Saturdays too. He cares about all aspects of our lives, whether it’s politics, science, food, art, music, or hockey. We love God by loving his people and everything he has created, not just those things that are labelled as ‘Christian’. As Ian Jenkins wrote on his goalie pads, H.A.P. (Have a Purpose). Anything can be worship if you do it for that purpose, to give the glory to God.
Game Plan: If you like to cook, do it for the glory of God. If you like to work on cars, do it for the glory of God. If you like to play hockey, do it for the glory of God. We can paint, write, play, teach, build, parent, and love, all for Him.