In reference to this post on the distinction between “vertical” and “horizontal,” a longtime friend and reader wrote,
Perhaps the concept that we “go to worship” is a part of the problem. Our life is to be “worship.” “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” I Cor. 10:31. Those who leave “worship” in the building and go about as though God is not their Father … well, yes, as some people say, “That is between God and me.” That’s really The Problem — not willing to surrender to God, but lay out the guidelines according to what they want. God will have something final to say about that.
My friend’s emphasis here — that our lives should be lived for God — is right on. And I would agree that the conception of worship as A) a sequenced event/”service” B) in a church edifice has done inestimable damage to the theologies and belief systems of countless believers. Worship is primarily a verb, not a noun that we go to, or sit through, as others do it for us. We can go to the assembly for a lifetime of Sundays — and I do believe heartily in assemblies of Christians — but, sadly, it is quite possible to go/attend for decades without ever truly worshipping.
Being a disciple of Jesus — and living seven days a week for the purposes of God’s Kingdom — now that’s what it’s about. I generally reserve the term “worship” for vertical communication with God, wherever it occurs. But being an ambassador for God and seeking to live each hour as His child, bringing attention and glory to Him — that deserves just as much attention as vertical adoration and reverence (“worship” proper).