In the first Christmas we see many expressions of adoration and worship. Mary worshiped when she received the news, Elizabeth worshiped when she met Mary. The Magi came to worship him, and many other people like the shepherds, Simeon and Anna worshiped when they learned about the baby Jesus.
The NIV Greek Dictionary defines adoring or worshiping as “to worship, pay homage, show reverence; to kneel down before.” Even though it gives us an idea that it is an act initiated by humans, the real meaning is that worship is a response to who God is or to something that God did. When we learn who He is or what He did the first reaction should be adoration and worship.
Because of that I would like to give you some specifics about worshipping and how you can adore Him during this season.
1. Recognize who He is – You cannot worship someone that you do not know. So, the first thing that you have to do is to recognize who He is. The Bible is very clear in telling us that Jesus is the Son of God, He is God, and He came to save us from our sins. He is also the King of the kings and the Lord of the lords. He is not just a good teacher, prophet, philosopher, or a good man who did many good deeds. He is more than that.
2. Recognize who we are – The second thing that we should do is to take a look at ourselves, principally inside. We are not as good as we should be. We are not just and righteous as we expected. The Bible calls us sinners which means those who missed the target. God created us for great things: to do right and to live in peace. Somewhere in our history we turned our backs on Him and decided to be our own god and ruler. This is why our world is a mess. Everybody is trying to do what he or she things is right.
3. Removing ourselves from the throne – Some people cannot adore and worship the King because they believe they are the kings and queens of their lives. There is only one King, and He is Jesus. Because of that they need to remove themselves from the throne of their lives. Unless they recognize they are not the rightful King they will not be able to step down from the throne.
4. Invite Him to occupy the throne – Finally you have to invite Him to come into your life and sit on the throne. That means, He will become not only your Savior, but also your Lord. Do not forget, this is a process; it is a journey. It will have a starting point when you recognize who He is, who you are, and to decide to step down from the throne and invite Him into your life. As in every process involving human beings, it will not be easy and without setbacks, but we can be assured that the God who sent His only Son to save us is the one who will take care of us, and make sure we arrive at our destination safe and sound.
As you can see, worship and adoration happens when we recognize who God is, who we are, and decide to give Him the most important place of our lives.
Have a blessed and Merry Christmas,