Last night I attended Converge – the first in a series of monthly meetings at the NW campus of Lifechurch.tv. on worship. There were nearly 100 people who came, bringing their talents in the areas of music and tech. Chuck Dennie did an outstanding job of casting vision for this group—a vision which included exhorting us all to be servants in the other ministries of Lifechurch.
His words stirred in me something I was able to share with our youngest sons (also musicians) as we were driving home.
Worship isn’t just about singing, playing instruments or singing on the stage during a weekend experience.
Worship is the outpouring of our hearts, even through the most mundane, regular things we do.
Worship is seeing God’s hand in the beautiful sunrise.
Worship is smiling at that little one while you’re changing his poopy diaper.
Worship is choosing to love that office or school mate, even when they are unlovable.
Worship is embracing your circumstances, not merely enduring them.
Worship is thinking of others as more important than ourselves.
Worship is accepting that He is in control, and I am not.
Worship is serving.
Worship is loving.
Worship is a natural outflow of what is in our heart. It is the River of Life flowing through us.
Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
May we be so connected to the Source of Life that nothing comes from us but pure, joyful, humble worship BECAUSE of our relationship to Him---in ALL that we do.