“Does this idea of life as worship provide any freedom from a sense of guilt for not ‘serving God’ through formal ministry?”
I almost went into full-time ministry during my last year of college (25 years ago) but decided against it since I was only a few months from graduating with a business/accounting degree. I regretted the decision for a long time. In fact, I sulked over the decision, in a woe is me fashion, while reluctantly working my “real job” to support my family. I’m still figuring things out but, YES, I’d say that living life daily as worship, within the details of the ordinary, can provide MUCH freedom from the guilt of not choosing a path of formal ministry. It takes some discipline and awareness, both of which I admittedly lack at times.
I loved how @AmyOrrEwing responded to the lead-in question from @CarsonWeitnauer, as well as how she responded to my question, in the Ask Amy Orr-Ewing session last week. Her comments point toward the reality that I can only hope to authentically live life as worship when I immerse myself daily in God’s presence through prayer, reading scripture, and worship through song (whether by myself or with others). I think our awareness of God’s subtle nudges to action increase when living in this disciplined manner. There is enjoyment in acting on those nudges.
The workplace needs more Christians living life as worship. I always seem to find employment with companies that demand everything from me, while also asking me to keep my religious beliefs private. Ravi Zacharias was the first person to shine a bright light for me on this secular business culture in which I’ve grown up. Like the frog slowly boiling in the pot, I had slowly allowed secularism to become the norm. I compartmentalized my faith, leaving Jesus in the parking lot on most days. Ravi and the RZIM team do a great job of bringing awareness to this subject, as well as offering ideas on how to cut through the veil of secularism with love. For example, the Business Leaders Conference they held in their Alpharetta location a few weeks ago did a fantastic job of addressing the subject of work as worship.
Thank you again for bringing up the topic and for posting the Michael Horton article!
And thanks to @CarsonWeitnauer for posting the link to the book: Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. I just bought a copy, and I look forward to reading it over the holidays!