Many of us merely gravitate towards music as worship but the truth is worship is a way of life. It is a lifestyle.
Worship is more than just a Sunday service filled with singing for an hour, there are roughly another 167 hours of worship that takes place when you leave the church doors before the next Sunday. I am not talking about singing. I am talking about a way of life that chooses to honour God above everything else. That is the sort of worship that matters the most.
You might be able to sing good tunes and vocals but what you do apart from that should give the words you singing meaning.
- Worship is not about how we feel
Chasing emotions in a worship setting is not the goal. The goal is to sing the word of God so others can hear him more than they can hear you. Yes worshipping God is an emotional experience, but it should not be the focus.
The focus is not for you to get someone emotional and feeling a certain way. The focus is that they hear the words that changes lives.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of putting music at the core of it all. Music is a tool that can bring about any emotion in a person, it is a powerful tool, we see it being used in films or movies for a reason. It can make a person feel fear, happiness, sadness, joy etc.
If we are using music in our churches just to do that then we have lost the plot, then we are doing the exact same thing filmmakers and editors are doing, creating an unreal experience.
- Choosing the music
When it comes to truly worship God, we need to be set apart, so the secular music we choose to listen to should not be music that goes against what morals and values we have to serve God.
In everything we do, whether it be eating, walking etc. They are to glorify God and if God is not being glorified in the music you listen to then you need to change the music you are listening to. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Definitely, we all have our favourite music but God is more important, so sacrifice your favourites to honour God as He has sacrificed His life for you.
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.Martin Luther
Choosing the music you worship to also takes discernment. Without the word of God, it is not a worship song. If the word is left out, a worship song loses its power. God’s word has the ability to change hearts and lives and if that is not an essential part of the song then it is just going to provoke emotion.
- Different forms of worship
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31
Worship as I mentioned before is not only singing and dancing. It is living a life that edifies Jesus. The job you choose, the clothes you wear, the way you speak to people. These are channels we can use to worship God.
When we choose what we ought to wear, the question we ask ourselves should be: “Would this distract a person from the Gospel message I need to share?
Where do we work? Worship God through how hard you work yes, but where you work definitely matters. You cannot contribute to a brothel, a place where people get drunk and overindulge, you cannot support gambling, you cannot support thievery and tricking people into paying/buying things that you know very well they would not pay for if you weren’t lying.
As a Jesus follower, you are called to be set apart and this also means sacrificing things that could literally cost you big time. But be wise and remember you are setting an example and people are watching. If people are going to talk and watch you, Let them talk about how much you love Jesus.
You are not called to be lukewarm. You are called to be on fire for Jesus. So wherever you are there is always somebody that needs to hear the gospel. This is our general call (Matthew 28:18-20). We are called to teach the things of Jesus no matter what field we are in. Worshipping God by sharing the message with the lost. You will attract haters but they hated Jesus first.
There are many other ways you can worship God:
- Through your finances
- The way you treat people
- The way you take care of what God has given you (Stewardship)
- Helping those in need
- Spreading the Gospel
With all this in mind, you need to go and pray and seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Things to ask yourself:
- Is there a way I can worship God with my finances?
- Can I dress in a way that honours God?
- What is on my playlist?
- Is there a way that I can become more considerate of others?