3 Ways Evangelism is an Act of Worship

I love how our worship pastor leads us in worship. There’s definitely a difference between leading in a song vs. leading in worship, and Robin Zaruba has mastered the art of creating the atmosphere where God is the center and only audience.

But worship doesn’t stop on Sunday. We worship in many ways, and evangelism is not the least! In fact, worship can occur in the most unusual ways. Take Abraham, for example, in Genesis 21:2, 4-5 —

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” NIV (emphasis mine)

Honestly, this convicts me. Abraham considered this an act of worship despite how he might have viewed God’s command. While there’s a host of things to say about this passage, I’d like to offer 3 comments about it. At the risk of sounding negative, I want to begin with 3 misconceptions that we may have about worship.

Misconception #1: Worship is not based on my opinion of the method. Surely, Abraham had an opinion of God’s direction. I could hear him think, “But You’ve given me promises regarding Isaac! This doesn’t make any sense!” Nevertheless, Abraham obeyed. There are no comments in Scripture of him questioning God. God doesn’t ask for our opinion, but for our obedience. Worship is an act of obedience.

Misconception #2: Worship is not based on fulfilling my desires. Abraham, most likely, grew up in a culture where human sacrifice was common. So perhaps that’s why he didn’t think this commandment was so strange. However, this doesn’t mean he didn’t love his son, and it doesn’t mean he didn’t have the intense desire to sacrifice something/someone else. But Abraham considered it an act of worship to sacrifice his desires in order to obey God. Worship, indeed, is an act of sacrifice.

Misconception #3: Worship is not based on how I feel. There are many times when I don’t feel like worshiping. I can’t imagine what Abraham felt as he tied up Isaac. Looking into the confused eyes of his son must have been torture. But Abraham knew God’s promise of a nation coming through Isaac. And he trusted in God despite how he felt about the issue. For Abraham, worship was an act of trust.

So it is with evangelism. When we view evangelism as an act of worship, rather than a chore, then our perspective changes. There’s more passion for telling the truth about Jesus with someone.

And evangelism is worship when we realize it as…

  • an act of obedience,
  • an act of sacrifice,
  • an act of trust.

God has never asked for our opinion on evangelism, but for our obedience.

God calls us to sacrifice our desires which could easily distract us from evangelism.

God wants us to trust Him despite how we may feel about evangelism.

Indeed, evangelism is an act of worship!

Wanna learn how to share the gospel to anyone, anywhere, at any time? Contact me at cbarrett@cefhouston.org.

(9) Comments

  • Deana Chadwell
    21 Feb 2012

    Very interesting — I like the clear, well-organized way you presented this. If you don’t mind, I’d like to use this as an example in the college writing class I teach. dc

    • J. Chad Barrett
      21 Feb 2012

      Wow! I’m flattered! I’d be honored, Deana. Let them know where you got it: http://www.InspiringEvangelism.com!
      thx!

      • Deana Chadwell
        21 Feb 2012

        Will do. Thanks. dc

        • J. Chad Barrett
          21 Feb 2012

          Where do you teach? Just curious.

          • Deana Chadwell
            21 Feb 2012

            I teach at Pacific Bible College in Medford, Oregon. We’re in the process of transitioning from a personal-enrichment school, that’s operated here for 20 years, to an accredited 2-year junior college. It’s quite a process, but very exciting. There’s a link to our website on my blog.

          • J. Chad Barrett
            21 Feb 2012

            I used to live in Vancouver, WA. My dad went to Western Seminary in Portland. Lived there when Mt. St. Helens erupted back in 1980. I love that area of the country! So beautiful!

          • J. Chad Barrett
            21 Feb 2012

            By the way, you have a great blog!

          • Deana Chadwell
            21 Feb 2012

            Thanks! And yes, the Northwest is gorgeous. We came here from Nebraska and thought we had died and gone to heaven. Where are you?

          • J. Chad Barrett
            21 Feb 2012

            I’m in Houston, TX. My wife and I visited the Northwest in October, 2004. I’ve got friends in Anacortes.

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