Every day leading up to Christmas, the Church is inviting us to serve and live as Christ did! There are 25 different ideas for the 25 days of Christmas. Today, December 4, features the principle that we can worship God just as Christ did.
Truly, even as a master healer and teacher himself, Christ did everything to glorify the Father.
So, what does it mean to worship God? According to the gospel topic page for worship, “To worship God is to give Him our love, reverence, service, and devotion.” We’ve broken down each of these attributes to help you get the most out of your worship of our Heavenly Father!
Scripture to study: If ye love me, keep my commandments. – John 14:15
Principle: From the scriptures, we learn that we love God because he first loved us. When we sit and look at the perfection of God’s love, it can seem overwhelming to try and love him back. Our efforts may seem weak and small in our eyes. The best way to show God we love him is to keep his commandments. By keeping the commandments, we express our willingness to make sacrifices, our desire to understand and submit to God’s will, and ultimately our belief that by keeping the commandments, we can reunite with God forever.
Action: Study and review scriptures and materials that relate to covenants and commandments. Attend the temple or visit temple grounds.
Scripture to study: Before whose throne all things bow in humblereverence, and give him glory forever and ever. – D&C 76:93
Principle: Reverence is manifested in an attitude of respect and gratitude towards God. While reverence pertains to how we act in sacred moments, such as Sacrament meeting and temple ordinances, it also relates to how we think and speak of God in every day moments. We show God reverence by acknowledging his hand in our lives, constantly bearing testimony of him, and avoiding anything that would offend God.
Action: Take a look at some of the daily aspects of your life, including the media you partake in and the sort of conversations you hold. Do they reflect reverence to God? Try a daily gratitude challenge for a set amount of time to count your many blessings.
Scripture to study: And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learnwisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the serviceof your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. – Mosiah 2:17
Principle: Jesus Christ spent his life serving others and ultimately gave his life for the salvation of all mankind. By serving others, we are worshipping God. If we serve with unselfish motives and a desire to be a tool in God’s hands, we will form a powerful connection with the Spirit that will strengthen our ability to communicate with God. Our service may be large or small, but if it is done with a genuine heart it is an act of worship.
Action: Pray for specific ways you can serve those around you. Learn more about the Church’s official Christmas campaign to serve as Christ would serve.
Scripture to study: With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. – Psalm 119: 10
Principle: The state of our heart is the most effective measure of our devotion to God. Do we love, do we keep the commandments, do we serve, do we show gratitude with our whole hearts? If we are devoted, we remain steadfast through both good and bad times. We doubt our doubts before we doubt our faith. Even when we don’t understand, we do our best to move forward with faith in God.
Action: Read Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk, The First Great Commandment. It’s the perfect talk to get the fire lit in your heart!
Do you want more ideas on how you can worship God as Christ did? Check out Day 4 here!