- Worship, it seems, is about us, about our life, the way we behave, the way we sacrifice our lives ...
Worship, worship, worship and more worship!
Is it just me, or is worship getting boring? In true fashion, the Christian world takes a genuine movement of God, wraps plastic packaging around it, markets it and targets the consumer as though it’s just another product to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and the latest flat-screen TV.
When anything becomes this consumer-driven, what usually happens in time? We become bored of it, like the latest computer game or new sneakers, because it becomes just another product.
“Worship, it’s so over,” I’ve heard one record company exec say. “It all sounds the same now,” I hear the kids saying. I’m sad-very sad-when I hear this, and I believe God might be sad too.
Edge of My Seat
Can I say, for the record, that worship is not boring? In fact, it’s the very reason we were born and the very act that keeps us truly alive in a world that only worships itself. It’s the most exciting thing we can do while we’re here on earth and the only thing we will take from this life into heaven. We should celebrate God with all that we are. A human being who doesn’t give themselves in praise and adoration to Jesus is not really alive but merely skin and bones passing through this world on the way to hell. So to worship God-the one who birthed us, who named us, who called us from darkness, who adores us-is actually what we’re on the earth to do, first and foremost. It’s to daily be in love with Jesus-in love with who He is, in love with what He loves and what His heart breaks for.
Ah, what’s that bit about “what His heart breaks for?” Oh, I wish God didn’t have to go and spoil it with all that social justice stuff! Why can’t we just stay in this beautiful, safe place and sing our modern worship songs all day long?
Let’s look at what the Bible says about all this for a moment, as it might help us get a clearer picture. “Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1 NIV).
So worship is more than music and songs then, more than CDs and concerts. Worship, it seems, is about us, about our life, the way we behave, the way we sacrifice our lives and the ability to stay pure and keep our hands clean (Psalm 24:4).
So what does this mean in reality, in the everyday humdrum of life? I believe God gave us hands to raise in worship and adoration to Him, and He also called us to take those hands and help the world around us. One cannot exist without the other; they go very much hand-in-hand. To be just a people who praise God without a care for others or the Godless culture around us is a conflict in itself and a religious oxymoron. It is also a travesty to be a social “do-gooder” without knowing the power of the Holy Spirit or a heart to simply adore Jesus, the one who is ultimately the world’s savior.
Worship without mission is like an airplane without adequate fuel. It can only take you so far before it will crash back to earth with serious consequences. The call of God to His people is to “love mercy” (Micah 6:8), love our neighbors, care for single moms, visit the prisoners, feed the poor, rescue abused children and whatever God asks you to do.
Worship, worship, worship and more worship! Raise your hands to Jesus. Mission, mission, mission and more mission. Be the hands of Jesus. Now is the time to be Church and not just actlike church. It’s a great time to be alive. And if we believe in what we believe in, then change on a global scale is possible. What we need is worship for the workers and workers who worship like King David and love singing with the angels in heaven.
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