For many people, worship is just a synonym for “church music.” This is why you may hear a statement like, “At our church, we have 20 minutes of worship, then the teaching.”
To some, worship is even more limited – to a certain style of music (slow, as opposed to faster, louder, more boisterous “praise” songs). But worship is so much more than that. It incorporates everything we do in our church services, and much more. Worship incorporates everything in our lives! How can this be? A look at the original Greek of the New Testament reveals a strong connection between the concepts of worship and service. Probably the best example of this is in Romans 12:1:
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” (NAS)
Biblical scholars struggled with the translation of the Greek word latreia in this verse, because it is elsewhere translated more often as “service” than “worship.” Probably the clearest solution to this is the translation in “The Message” bible which reads as follows:
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.”
So here are two key principles of worship as we understand them:
1. You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure
Bringing enjoyment to God is the first purpose of your life. “The Father seeks worshipers,” Hosea 6:6; and Revelation 4:11 says:
“You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.”
Worship therefore is not about bringing satisfaction to us (although it surely does!). The correct focus is spelled out in Romans 12:1 in presenting ourselves to God as a living sacrifice. That pleases God in ways we will never fully appreciate. For everyone, rich or poor, young or old, has one thing that they can bring to God that no one else can bring – themselves – as a living sacrifice to God. Not just in church services, but in every day in every way. Worship is not part of your life. It is your life. And seeing worship in this light will change your life.
2. The Heart of Worship is Surrender
Presenting ourselves to God is a lifelong process. As we grow in our love for God, and as He proves Himself trustworthy, we are able to surrender more and more of our lives to Him.
At Master Builder Christian Church our goal is for our Sunday mornings and special services to play an integral part of a life of worship. The goal is to encourage and enhance your life with God through music, drama, and multimedia presentations which provide inspiration to help keep you God-focused and surrendered in your daily life.