You see, as a Christian, the Bible should be your standard and guide for everything. That means His word should be a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path in our walk with the living God, (Psalms 119:105). As a Christian, you’re created for and called to worship. In fact, worship is a central theme both in the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, it was the Hebrew word “shachah”, which was translated frequently as worship. It literally means to bow down, to depress, to prostrate oneself. So we saw Abraham telling his men to “Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you”, (Genesis 22:5).
In the New Testament, the Hebrew word “proskyneo” was translated as worship, which literally means to kiss the hand towards the one, in token of reverence. Reverence has to do with respect. In essence, worship has to do with showing respect to God whether it was done under the Old Testament or the New Testament. Worship is not limited to your Saturday or Sunday church service or any other church service. Worship should then become what we do on daily basis. When you pray, that’s worship. When you sing unto God, that’s worship. Anything you do to honour God constitute worship.
My focus in this article is on church services. After all, when we gather in church to worship God, we’re fulfilling one of the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the Bible said, “let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is”, (Hebrews 10:24-25). So it’s a good thing to attend church services and don’t be deceived by those who say it’s irrelevant.
You see, the advent of technology can either be a good or a bad thing depending upon how we use it. For example, with the advent of Smartphones many Christians have taken advantage and installed Bible applications on their Smartphones. This is helping many in their study of the Bible. Then, there is Social Media (WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), which can either be a positive or a negative thing depending upon how we use it.
The Bible said that “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him”, (John 4:23). I have noticed many Christians who leave their phones on in church. Leaving your phone on means that you can be interrupted during church service. Do you think doing Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. on your phone in church while service is going on is a sign of respect toward God and constitute worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth? Would you be doing the same thing should you be in the presence of the president of your country?
To conclude, are you so attached to your phone to the extent that you can’t turn it off for a few hours of church service? Do you think using your Smartphone for Social Media while Service is going on constitute worship? Dwell over these questions and let the Holy Spirit of God guide you.