I love music… always have, always will. I like to sing. I play musical instruments. I write music. It’s simply a part of who I am.
Although I was raised in church and I believed in God, I truly didn’t have what I would consider a life-changing encounter with Him until I was 17 years old. I immediately gravitated towards worship music. It didn’t take me long to get used to raising my hands. I would sing with all my heart with my eyes closed and could picture the greatness and love of God. The music really touched my soul. I would hear people say to me or say about me, “Man, he is a worshiper!” I would tell people all the time that I loved to worship. Now here’s the deal – that was not necessarily a false statement. I did love to worship God through music, through singing, through lifting my hands. It was honest. It was sincere… but it was also VERY EASY for me, because I LOVE music.
It wasn’t until several years later that I began to explore and the Holy Spirit began to reveal what worship is supposed to look like in my life. Things like serving. Things like giving… time and finances. Things like forgiving when I was wronged. Things like walking in humility. Things like sharing my faith. You know, the stuff that doesn’t always come as naturally to me. I began to realize that A Life of worship is a life of surrender! I can honestly say for me, it was a much bigger act of worship to learn how to tithe/give than it was for me to sing about how great God is and lift my hands. That was life changing for me.
Pastor Clark spoke on Sunday about King David. He spoke about David creating a space for the presence of God to operate. He spoke about David taking steps toward God… step by step. He used the illustration of building Legos, that it takes each piece (brick), being put together, brick by brick, to become what it is was created to be – by it’s creator. We are the same way. We take steps toward God. We allow Him to continue to piece us together. We do that through worship. Through surrendering to His Lordship. Through trusting that He knows what we’re supposed to look like and how we’re supposed to function. And that’s what worship does… it glorifies God and it transforms us!
My encouragement for you today is to ask yourself (and God) this question: What are some areas I can take steps toward You (God)? Is it serving? Is it forgiving? Is it giving? Is it inviting others to church? Is it singing (because maybe that’s NOT easy for you)? I believe as we do this, the masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10) that God has in mind when He sees you is being pieced together, brick by brick – and rest assured, it’s BEAUTIFUL!
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