05 May The Surprising Truth About Worship & How It Affects Your Life
What comes to mind when you think of worship? Maybe you think of standing, then sitting, then standing again in an old church building. Or maybe you think of hymns and choirs. Perhaps worship looks like modern Christian music & raising your hands during church.
Worship can be all of those things, but it is also so much more.
Whether or not you worship at a church on Sundays, worship is inevitably a part of our daily lives. It may or may not be intentional, but it is happening. The same passion that drives fans crazy at sporting events, or makes people jump, dance, and scream at concerts- those are evidence of our desire & nature of worship!
You worship your priorities- plain and simple. Whatever you value, honor, esteem, respect- those things get your worship.
Worship is expressed through our:
-Talents & Gifts
What areas of your life are receiving your passion, your thoughts? How about your time, money, and other resources? What about your talents and gifts? These acts of service are worship, and identifying your current behavior will also help you understand your current priorities.
Worship is defined by: value, honor, esteem, and respect
-What do you value in your life?
-What do you honor?
-What do you hold in the highest esteem?
-What do you respect?
Answering these questions honestly can be eye opening, and also can help you identify possible struggling areas in your life. You probably have multiple answers for these questions, and thats good! These questions will help you identify what your top priorities are.
Colossians 1:16 MSG For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.
The problem comes when God isn’t at the top of our list. This is because living a God-First life is your most fundamental and desperate need. Once you have placed God where he belongs in your life, the rest of your priorities align.
Matthew 22:37-38 TEV Jesus answered, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the most important commandment.
Have you heard of the “jars and rocks” illustration?
On a table are:
-two jars of the same size
-two equal containers of large rocks
-two equal containers of small rocks
-two equal containers of sand and
-two equal cups of water
The first jar is filled with items from smallest to largest: water, sand, small rocks, then large rocks. It overflows from lack of room.
The second jar is filled with items from largest to smallest: large rocks, small rocks, sand, then water. Everything fits.
This physical illustration can be carried into our lives as well. When we put the big (important) things first, we have the capacity needed to fit all of our priorities into our lives.
1 Timothy 6:21 TLB Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life- they don’t know God.
If life has been overwhelming, stressful, chaotic, I encourage you, put God first! Honor Him and worship Him with your time, your resources, your talents. He will bring you peace.
Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
Or maybe life is underwhelming for you. You have given yourself to your job, a person, a hobby or passion, and at the end of the day, when all is quiet, it still isn’t enough. God can fill the void in your heart, and make all that you do more enjoyable.
Make the most out of your worship, and make the most out of your life.