Conviction: We will worship.
You may or may not know this already, but YOU ARE A WORSHIPPER. Every one of us is created for worship. We are designed for it. And whether we like it or not, something or someone is the recipient of our worship. Something is getting our adoration. Something is getting our love. Something is getting our focus.
What is worship?
Worship is our expression of love toward that which we VALUE the most. So I challenge you to ask yourself, “what do I value the most?”
If you don’t know what that is, just follow your life choices, your money, your time, your thoughts, the thing you think about when you first wake up, and before you fall asleep at night.
Interesting quote here from one of the writers of the Bible…
Romans 1:21-23 says,
“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols…”
Does anything have a higher place in your heart than God? If so, then you have traded worship of God for worship of a something else, and that’s called idolatry.
Here are some very common things that we all allow to interfere with our worship to God.
#1 – Pride – Sometimes we trade true worship for our pride. We let pride get in the way of our affection. We think to ourselves, “If I worship God, people are going to think I’m some kind fanatic. They’re going to think I’m weird.”
I remember the first time I lifted my hands in worship. I thought everybody was watching me. But the reality was, NOBODY was watching me! Looking back, I realize I cared more about what people might think about me, than about what God thought of me. I just needed to drop my pride, and seek acceptance from God instead of acceptance from people.
#2 – Feelings – We put our feelings first. Don’t judge me, that’s how I feel. But worship is not about a feeling. We should give God our worship whether we feel like it or not. It isn’t about feelings, it’s about giving God what he deserves. It’s about giving him priority, not our feelings.
#3 – Spectator-ism
Have you ever been to a football game? Or even watched one on TV? Yea, did it ever occur to you how messed up it is that all these critical, overweight men can sit in their seat eating a funnel cake, yet SCREAM at the player who missed a tackle? Sometimes I just want to turn around and say “Lace Up, BRO!” Put some cleats on and join the team!
This happens at football games. And it happens at church. Worship isn’t coming here and standing with our coffee and donuts and commenting on the vocalists at the end of a song, or staring at the cute kid sitting in front of us. When you come to worship, you are not a fan, you are a player. You get to participate. You get to lace up and play! Move from spectator, to participant!
On Sunday mornings, we all have an opportunity to put down our coffee and express our affection toward God. This means we will sing, pray, reflect, consider, and contemplate God’s love in our lives. I know some already do. But sitting in church, and I sit near the back, I see a lot of spectators.
This year, I’m challenging everyone to move from spectator to PARTICIPANT. I hope you will participate in worship.
Of course, YES, people are allowed to spectate if they want. But I want to see those who know how to worship, actually start worshipping. This year, we will see more people “singing” and “lifting hands” during worship than ever before. But remember it’s not about singing, it’s not about hands lifted, it’s about ADORATION. It’s about your expression.
So, here are a few ways you can CULTIVATE a worshipful heart as you transition from spectator to participant.
#1 – Be Sincerely Thankful To God
Any Moms ever feel unappreciated? Any Dads ever wonder if your family really respects you? Doesn’t it just feel good when someone appreciates you, even thought they don’t “have to”?
Thats a picture of worship to God. Being sincerely appreciative of God, just because!
#2 – Give God ALL of you. Everything.
Keep the vows you made to him. Express affection toward Him, and WILLINGLY offer Him everything in your life. Worshippers are surrendered fully to God. What are you holding back from God?
#3 – Run To God in all circumstances
God wants to be a part of your whole life. Go to him in prayer when you are making decisions. When the good and bad come about in your life, go to Him. When you are in trouble, call on him. Maybe the simple fact that you are in some kind of trouble, is proof that there is a battle for your worship.
Let Him be your God on Monday.
This is how you cultivate a worshipFULL heart. I hope you will join me, Oasis Church, on this journey…because in 2018…
WE WILL WORSHIP.