“How quickly we forget what it’s all about. We can get so strategic that we worship so
our church will grow, not because He is worthy. But we’re doing all this because God is
worthy and we want to worship Him.”
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Col 3:15–17).
What is a lifestyle of worship? It is not the music or style of music. It is not about hymns vs contemporary praise music. It is not banners vs congregational traditions. It is about WHO we worship… So many get hooked up on excuses why we don’t worship with statements like, “I do not like the style of music, it’s too old or it’s too modern” or what about this. “I didn’t get fed this morning. The Pastor needs to …..” We complain that we are not ‘growing’ or not ‘getting spiritually fed’ but it is OUR responsibility to worship and feed ourselves!
Worship is not music. It is a lifestyle. Whatever tasks that you are doing, even cleaning toilets, changing diapers, or even doing the laundry can be a form of worship. What? No drums? No electric guitar licks? It is about the heart and who we are called to worship. It is about HIM ALONE! Are we focusing on Jesus or something else?
When we focus on Jesus, we can let it all go and let Him bless us. We are created to worship Him. When we focus on Him and serving Him, He then can change us into His likeness. When we tell Him we love Him and words and deeds, He then returns and blesses us. But He must be our focus! We must seek Him! Life is not about our needs. It is not about gooey feelings in music and getting our emotional needs met. It is about serving the King of Kings and when we love on Him, we are changed in His presence.
This is not something we can experience just on Sundays! We do not have to be in service to worship. All activities, if done in an attitude of love for Him, is an act of worship which He accepts and blesses.
“Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped”