Seriously. Where do I begin? We got back from the Worship Conference on Wednesday night late. It was an incredible three days at Gateway church in Texas. So much information, so many great people, and God totally showed up…I mean big time. I mean like…I am c-h-a-n-g-e-d.
So many revelations, big and small, and so you can understand my dilemma of not knowing where to start. I’m flipping through my notes from the conference as I’m typing and one thing that just jumped out at me is this:
Worship is a lifestyle, not an event.
Wow. Did you get that? Worship is how we live our lives. Worship means that God is a part of everything we do, everything we say, of who we are. Worship isn’t the thing we show up and do at church once a week. Although a part of worship is corporate, you can’t come to a building one hour a week, sing some songs, listen to a 30 minute message and then go home and ignore God all week and call that worship. Worship is a daily thing…minute by minute even. It’s constant. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:
Pray without ceasing
In everything give thanks
For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.
Constant God connections.
Now does he mean we should run around acting like a bunch of crazies or that we should stay on our knees all day long? Well maybe not in the actual sense because we all have to make a living, we have a house to take care of, families and other things that require our attention in life and I don’t think God wants us to be lazy about those things or neglect them all together. BUT, can we have an attitude of constant praise? Of constant prayer? Continually be thankful?
There are a gazillion opportunities throughout the day for us to recognize God’s goodness and say thanks to Him, to stop and take a minute and whisper a prayer for a friend, to utter praise to Him for the beauty of the sky. It’s about keeping a continual flow between us and God.
And out of that continual flow between us and God…
Worship becomes a lifestyle.
And when worship becomes a lifestyle…
God is glorified
we are changed.