I’m going to make a statement that I don’t care if you agree with, I understand that this might hurt reader retention and I frankly don’t care. We, us, humans were made to worship. It’s just a matter of what we worship. I’ve seen people worship money, fame, people, music, jobs, places, things. If you’re a Christian, I’ve seen Christians worship leaders, singers, the church itself.
Humans crave to worship something, you see it in day to day life. Our affection and attraction is on everything and everything except God, if you don’t believe in God or are not really into the whole “God” thing, let me illustrate something to you, because I know what its like to be in that position. Everything other than God that you go to worship is self-seeking, you get no benefit from it. It consumes you, because after pursuing it time after time after time you still feel empty, so you go and worship something else, almost like you are missing something. If you feel like something is missing in your life and you are worshiping or living this kind of lifestyle, well, chances are, you are missing something in your life. You were made to worship, but you my friend are worshiping the wrong things. Christians, you are not excluded from this. Worshiping others or worshiping with a corrupt heart is the exact same thing. Worshiping things such as money, fame, music, jobs will all fail you. Because they are done with selfish intent, what if I told you that you will get no gain from worshiping these things, in fact, they will give you one thing, and it’s truly not what you want; the grave, or death.
We were all made to worship, but I’m going to tell you something else, I’m going to ask you questions that have crossed my own mind and wreaked me as an individual. Are you worshiping for the right reason? (That being you praising God). Are you caring about the person across from you? What they think of your singing or if you’re on key? If anyone notices you on your spiritual walk just because you raise your hands and shouted “Hallelujah”? These things don’t matter, and I’m calling you out on worshiping for the wrong reasons if you answered “yes” to any except the first question. These reasons are for what others think of you, these are for purposes of pride and selfishness. Worship is selfless, not selfish.
There’s something beautiful about listening to a collective group of people all worshiping, being real with one another, all being real with God. After all, He knows your heart, He knows where you are at in your walk, He knows your desires and your issues with pride. I’ve had them myself, and it’s hard to break that. I will be the first to tell you that I worship loud, I move around, I cry, I shout, I praise with everything I have, till my face turns red and tears run down my face. But it’s genuine, I’m an awful singer, by the standards of the world but not by God’s standards. BUT, here’s the thing, we can never give God what he is worth, it’s simply impossible, He literally gave his only Son for us, and He died on the cross; instead it’s seeing what God is worth, it’s about thinking about his absolute infinite worth. Forget emotions, throw them out the door. It’s not hearing someone’s absolutely beautiful voice it’s about being moved. Church; It’s not about the stage lights, it’s not about the song slides, it’s not about the songs. Those things help bring new people in; but it is not the end goal.
What would happen if we actually pulled our affections, pulled our attractions from the world and placed them on Him, what would happen if we took what was we were so attracted to, took away the gain we were going to get and put our affection, our time, our energy on Him. What happened if our worship shifted from worshiping earthly things to actually worshiping God?
“Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. “
Acts 16:22-31. Genuine. Worship. I need you to understand something, this was not a feeling, this wasn’t something that they just did to gain something, Paul and Silas were beaten, bruised and put into shackles. Their worship was genuine, pure, heartfelt, they were not doing it to gain something or to get something of emotional value, it was because they had two things, they were moved, and they had faith that in their circumstances, God is bigger. There are no shackles, no chains, no guards, no person, no walls, no situation that can hold you down with genuine worship, faith, and acknowledgment that God is bigger. You don’t just decide you are not going to worship because you “don’t feel like it.” If that’s your headspace, you have more significant issues. Worship and faith in worldly things lead to worldly results. See what happens when you put your worship in something meaningful. I don’t think you’ve ever been chained up, beaten and still had the faith to worship, I could be wrong, and sometimes life feels that way, but are you genuinely being moved or are you just going by emotions?