This is the family devotional for Week 1 of WorshipLife. Please adapt this devotional to work best for your family.
Say this week’s memory verse together: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” — Deuteronomy 6:5 (NKJ)
Have everyone say this together: Worshiping God means loving God.
Say: We worship God when we show him we love him by what we think (point at your head), by what we say (point at your mouth), and by what we do (extend your hands).
Ask: How can we worship God—from a heart that loves him and wants to obey him or from a heart that doesn’t love God and is full of sin?
Say: When our heart is pure and really loves God we want to do things and say things that show God how special and awesome we think he is. The Apostle Paul said, “Whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) So even eating at the table or drinking a soda can be worship to God if we do those things from a heart that loves God. Have everyone breath in and out.
Ask: Are you glad and thankful you could take that breath? Do you love God and want to please him? Then you just worshiped when you breathed in and out. Even our breathing is worship to God!
Ask: Which of these are places and ways we can worship? church, school, work, home, playing, singing, doing homework, helping others
(Option for children: Have everyone draw pictures of different ways we worship.)
Say: All of these are places and ways we can worship if we love God and want to obey him. If we don’t, then none of these are worship to God. Why? Because if we love him everything we do is worship to him. If we don’t then nothing we do is worship to him.
Prayer: Lord, help us love you more today and want to obey you and show you we love you in everything we do. Thank you for letting us worship you.