In the past, I have used the phrase, “All life is worship.” But I am starting to re-think that concept after reading a few online essays on the topic. It all really depends on your definition of worship.
Some argue that calling everything worship removes the significance of some actions. In essence, this dilutes everything by devaluing some practices that should have a more sacred, distinct place in the life of a Christian. Other people believe that calling everything worship elevates all experiences to be something where a Christian can bring honor and glory to God. Viewing all life as an opportunity to worship puts the focus on God in more of our everyday lives.
Both sides to the debate seem to have valid points. According to Scripture, it does seem that Christians should do all things unto God (Colossians 3:23). This means even mundane tasks present opportunities to honor God. Our motivation and actions in daily life are significant in our public witness. These things matter to God.
Scripture also clearly portrays some acts as worship in a more traditional sense. From the temple sacrifices to various religious festivals and the reading of Scripture to communion and baptism, these practices are spiritually significant in a way that normal, daily tasks are not. It is hard to see how changing a dirty diaper can be considered just as spiritual and sacred an act as singing praise songs to God.
The idea that everything we do should be worship to God stems from a combination of Romans 12:1, Colossians 3:23, and various Psalms. Other than the temple sacrifice system, Scripture presents worship as more of a concept underpinning various actions rather than something that can be easily defined and categorized.
Maybe whether we call something worship is not a big deal. Maybe the focus should be on trying to get right what we do know to be true.
Read these online posts on the subject of worship and feel free to share your thoughts on the topic.