Worship and Serve

This is a subsidiary post of Worship.
It is also a subsidiary post of Serve Him.

The terms “worship” and “serve” are often found in proximity to one another.  A Lockman.org search of [worship serve] yields 29 occurrences; a Lockman.org search of [worship serv] yields 37 occurrences.  A sampling of them appears in this post.

The one we worship is the one we serve; the one we serve is the one we worship.  Just as no one can serve two masters, neither can anyone worship two masters (Matthew 6:24).


Romans 1:25  –  “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…”

Romans 12:1  –  “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”


Exodus 20:4, 5  –  “…You shall not worship them or serve them…”

Deuteronomy 11:16  –  “‘Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them’.”

2 Kings 10:23 – “…”Search and see that there is here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but only the worshipers of Baal.”  –  We can see in this verse that “serve” and “worship” are used interchangeably – another sign of the close relationship between the two words in the biblical view.

Psalm 97:7  –  “Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, who boast themselves of idols; worship Him, all you gods.”

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