Verse Of The Week : 1 Jul 2024

July 1, 2024

New Purpose: Worship as a Lifestyle

Ready:

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 4:23-24

Set:
We are created for worship—to worship God and Him alone 24/7.
This is one of the purposes for which God made us.
Our responses in life are counted as worship unto our Heavenly Father.
Everything we do and say, or fail to do and say, is worship.
I love the song “Heart of Worship” because its lyrics express the essence of worship.
Worship is always more than a song, more than just a melody or sound.
God searches much deeper within, looking into our hearts.
Our hearts matter most when it comes to worship.

How are you worshipping today as you step out onto the field, drive your car out of the garage, finish up your household chores, work out at the gym, reply to an email from a client, or teach a class of students?
There are countless examples of how our daily lives overflow with worship to God.

Are we truly worshipping our Father in Heaven 24/7?

God is spirit, and the only way we can respond to Him is in spirit and in truth.
We need to be aware that we live in a three-dimensional world, and there is more than meets the physical eye.
It is about steeping our lives in God-awareness, God-realities, God-initiatives, and God-providences.
Walking by faith and not by sight means walking in accordance with the Spirit.
Paul reminds us that living in the Spirit is to walk in step with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25).
God is omnipresent; He is Emmanuel.
He is everywhere and always with us.
God wants us to know that He is as near as we want Him to be and desires to be involved in every decision we make and every circumstance we face.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
To worship in truth is to have an authentic and passionate relationship with Jesus.
Imitate, follow, and model your life after Him.
Let Jesus be the center of your life.
You may be familiar with the acronym ‘WWJD’ (What Would Jesus Do), but let me offer two other questions to add to your list:

“God, what are You doing in this moment, and how do You want me to participate or be involved in it alongside You?”

These are great questions to ask God in times of turmoil, anger, disappointment, doubt, and other emotional valleys we can encounter daily.
My point is that God intended worship to help us become who He designed us to be.
His heart is for our hearts to be transformed into Christlikeness and holiness.
Here are some truths about worship: Worship is all about our relationship with God.
Worship is a lifestyle.
Worship is either directed towards God or towards idols, which is termed ‘idolatry.’
Tom Inglis commented in one of his books about worship:

“Everything outside of God that one worships relegates one to being less than what one is created to be!”

Wow.
Ultimately, what God desires of us as His children is to live our lives for the audience of One, bringing our worship to God into all areas of our lives.
Worship is an intentional posture that helps us live out God’s truth consistently and effectively.

Go:

  • What does worship mean to you? How can it be more than a song?
  • Do a self-check. Do you have ‘idols’ in your life that you are worshipping above God?
  • How can worship become a lifestyle?
Verse of the Week, Kingdom Runners, John 4:23-24

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