Teaching and Preparing as an Act of Worship
“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” ~Colossians 3:17
Often when we think of worship, we think of music or singing. We think of lifted hands and hearts in song to the Lord. And that is an act of worship, but it is not the fullness of what worship means. In this passage in Colossians, Paul is urging the church at Colossae to do everything for the sake of worship. Whatever we say and do is an act of worship if done for Christ.
A favorite preacher of mine, John Piper, says that worship is “a valuing or a treasuring of God above all things”. Worship is your response to being in the presence of God.
So for those of us who teach the word of God, do we view our time preparing and teaching as an act of worship, as a time of being in the presence of God and valuing Him and treasuring Him? When you sit down to study God’s word during the week are you offering up praise to Him? When you stand to teach on Sunday mornings is your mindset that of offering up worship to God? I would even go so far as to ask, are we challenging the people in our classes to listen to God's word being taught as an act of worship.
I hope you realize the importance of what you do week in and week out as you teach God’s word.
When you study your Sunday school lesson, you are doing much more than just figuring out what it is you are going to say on Sunday morning. You are doing much more than trying to come up with a few good questions to ask or nice stories to tell. You are studying your lesson as an act of devotion and worship to God. You are preparing your heart to again worship God by teaching on Sunday morning. And as you offer up praise to God by teaching his word, you are giving an invitation to your class to worship along with you as they listen and interact with the lesson.
That is why your preparation time during the week is so important. View it as a time for you to be in God's presence and worship Him. Guard that time. Treasure that time. Allow that time of praise and worship to overflow to your class on Sunday mornings as you lead and teach. After all, the point of being in Sunday school isn't to merely hear a lesson but to hear from God's word, to get a clearer picture of who God is, and to worship Him.
Piper, John. “What is Worship?”. Desiring God. http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-is-worship. April 29, 2016