As I have been preparing for this sermon, I have really been blessed. I was honestly hoping that I could shed some light on the subject of Worship, and found that God had so much more to teach in preparing. I pray to God in thanks giving for allowing me to grow through this time with Him. I hope this knowledge, this little bit that I have learned, and this little bit I have time to share with you today will help you to become a better “Everyday Worshipper.”
Worship. We have messed up this word and its definition, and twisted it around to fit our needs and our wants. We have applied it generously in the fields we want to grow in, and quite sparingly in the harvest of Gods glory. As we discussed last week, God made us to be worshippers. He MADE us to worship. That’s a huge deal. That tells us really, everything we need to know about ourselves. That defines us. That outlines us, and gives us a definition of who we are. With that knowledge, we know we are complete in Him.
So you say, who is God that He should be worshipped?
Who is God?
- God is the author of existence. In Genesis we see that God created the world, heavens, the sky, land, water, creatures, and man. And Out of man He created woman. He said, everything I have made is good. We were perfect. God is the author of everything, except evil and sin.
Who are we?
- We are man. Our father and mother, Adam and Eve were deceived and fell in the beginning. Thus began Gods grace, from the beginning. He did not destroy Adam and Eve, He clothed them, and sent them out. I believe that this was the beginning of worship. The state necessary apart from God, the time in which we now live.
Who is God?
- He is the keeper of Moses. He is the Father and promise keeper to Abraham, through whom we live a life of resolution. We are resolved in the truth that through the line of Abraham we would be Gods chosen people.
Genesis 12: 1-3 (Gods 7 Promises)
1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Who are we?
- We are Israel. We are the nation that continually turns our back on the God who made us. We are the people that look to ourselves to answer our ever-lasting questions; we build our selves up to be mighty, instead of God. Even this being true, we are those of Gods promise.
Who is God?
- God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He sent His Son to earth, born as man, who lived and was tempted, and died for our sake. The Son was separated from the Father, that we might not be separated from Him ourselves.
Who are we?
- We are sinners. We are fallen. We are the living rebellion to Gods Holiness. We are the crucifiers of God made man on earth.
We are also the heirs, the ones receiving the inheritance of ever-lasting salvation through the one we crucified.
So now that we have defined who God is, and who we are, that gives us a clear view of where we sit, and why we should be worshippers. Let’s get back to worship.
Worship has been defined as time in prayer. Worship has been defined as both a specific time for music, and a specific style of music. It has been defined as something you do at church, and as something you do only at home. Although there are aspects of worship that do take place in some of these forms, perhaps in most of them, Worship in and of it self is not any one of these things.
The bible says these things are Worship:
9 Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs
6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.
1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power: praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Perhaps this will help get us started. Brady and I have come together on this definition, which we believe to be the culmination of all these things. I don’t believe this, as I don’t believe any one statement I have heard before encompasses everything I believe Worship to be, but a great stepping-stone for us today.
We will define Worship as:
“The request and allowance of God, the Holy Spirit, to be within us in order to continuously bow down and give Praise and Thanksgiving to God the Father. This only being made possible because of what God, the Son, did for us on the cross.”
If we are defining it this way, then none of the initial actions I mentioned would fulfill this work. But let us focus on the one part today.
“in order to continuously bow down and give Praise and Thanksgiving to God the Father.”
Our God, three in one is constantly giving praise back to the Father. If we are to follow Jesus example as we talked about last week within prayer, then we would see that our definition of worship is to also be defined and acted out as such.
We now know that Worship is not something that we do at one certain time, or one certain place, but now we know, worship is life. That sounds a little modern age-y right, but the truth is un-deniable. A continuous life of praise and thanksgiving is to live out each minute of each day to glorify God. This is Everyday Worship. I want to bring this further under the microscope to pull something into the light. And honestly, if you are having a hard time with this, good. If you think this is impossible, good. If you are worried about what your friends would think, good.
I will quote Le Crae on this one.
“They tell you value Jesus by the way you rep His name!”
And, how are you “repping” His name?
A.K.A: In your Everyday words and actions, how are you working to glorify God?
You. Are you selfish? Yes! Are you greedy, probably? Are you greedy in your relationship with God? Do you want everything he has waiting for you? Probably not. How is your relationship with God today? Are you seeking Him out in prayer? Are you interested in working on that relationship? Are you reading your bible? Or are you just stagnant. The thing is, getting stale doesn’t do you any good. A warm stick does not a fire make.
Are you married? Are you ministering the gospel to your spouse? Do you allow God to work through you to let your spouse know that they are safe and secure in Him? How are you acting out as Christ in this relationship?
Are you engaged? Do you seek Gods wisdom on a day-to-day basis in order to become the spouse God wants you to be? How are you acting out as Christ in this relationship? This is different from being married, but also different from being single.
Are you single? Do you ask, well what about single people, what are we supposed to do? You are supposed to set an example of how a Christ like life can be lived through the power of the Holy Spirit as a single person. You have to wait. Sorry. It’s here decisions must be made, are you going to serve as a single person, or do you look forward to serving as a team?
Do you have relatives? Are they the conservatives you hope never to share a church with? Are they the types that just don’t get grace? Do they think their rules are better than your faith, although, their rules don’t appear anywhere in the bible? How are you acting out as Christ in that relationship?
Do you have Co-workers? Do you fight with your boss? Do you think he could possibly be satan? Foreigners, do you think Koreans have no common sense? Koreans, do you think foreigners should stop speaking their mind so much? Do you think that Hakwon’s are the devils playground? How have you been Christ in your work place? How have you displayed Christ while doing your job?
In your relationships, how can you set a better example of Christ likeness? If a picture speaks a thousand words, think about the thousands of words you speak to everyone you come in contact with on a daily basis. Each time is a chance to show them Christ. This doesn’t mean that you walk around with your big ole bible waiting for someone to notice it. This doesn’t mean that you are like those people who get into peoples faces on the street. You know the “ you’re going to hell” people, or in our case, those people out by Save Zone that ask you, “do you mother god?” Each day, each minute, gives you another chance to live out your life in praise and worship by making decisions that glorify God, and not yourself.
The world. Is the world your best friend? Do you live to seek things of this world solely? Do you cling to the things that the world has to offer? If you do, than your worshipping the world, and not God. If having some drinks with friends turns into an all night bender that resolves in a massive regurgitation, and a days recovery… and you like that. You worship the world. If that was the last time you were gonna smoke a bowl with your friends, cause college was so much fun, and then you’re gonna stop, your worshipping their friendship and the world, not God. God calls us as Christians to be different; to be something other than what is “normal”. Does that mean, don’t hang out with your pot-smoking friends from college, no. Does that mean that you might feel a bit awkward, probably? Do you need to shout Jesus’ name every five seconds to compensate for being different, no. But if a moment arises after a time when they say, man, we used to get into a lot of trouble together, what changed? You have an opportunity to say, hey man, Jesus. Jesus changed me.
Are you a prostitute? This is such a loaded question. You think, are you f’n crazy? Of course I’m not a prostitute. Let me clear this up for you. A prostitute is someone gives himself or herself for something. We’re not just talking about money. I know that was the first thing you thought of. It’s for anything or any reason. Did you sleep with that girl because you were horny? Did you have sex with that guy because you wanted to feel loved? And there are a million other examples we could go through. Even giving yourself away emotionally to someone who is not seeking Christ, who does not know God, who is not going to marry you, stay away, that too can be a prostitution. I know you never wanted to think of yourself that way, but guess what, giving yourself to anyone but God outside of marriage is prostitution. I had a really hard time jumping over that hurdle. But you need to make the jump. And married people don’t think that because you are married that this doesn’t apply to you too. It’s almost worse. The eyes and the mind are worthy of adultery just as much as the fingers and the “other places”. You have cheated on God; you have cheated on your spouse. You need to repent. This is a great evil, and I would not tread lightly on this subject. This is probably one of the hardest areas that you need help with. And God offers that help. He tells us that he will never give us more than we can handle. And that He will give us a way out. Which direction do you take?
Do you worship money, and everything you hope it will bring you? Do you store it all up in hopes that you feel comfortable if something bad were to occur? You are worshipping money, not Christ. Tithing, yes I am bringing it up. God commands it. I’m not perfect, and it is hard. You need help in prayer, do it. Knowing that the money is Gods not ours, and acting accordingly is worship. Are you too worried about saving the money you have? Are you too stingy to help others? Do you eat out at that nice restaurant too often? Do you spend more time buying beers every week than you do going to church, praying, and reading the bible? Have you gotten drunk more times this year than you’ve gone to church? You worship another God, not the creator of life.
Is your time, YOURS? Do you see every second not doing what You want to be doing as an infringement on YOUR life? Do think that because you give money to the church that you shouldn’t need to volunteer? Do you think that because you do something to help out, that you should be given special value? God doesn’t need us to do these things. They are acts of worship. You do it not because He needs it, but because He calls us to do it. You do it because the author of your existence is worth more than the worldly pleasures and treasures you find here.
Do you get mad, and curse at people in traffic?
Do you get all pissed off when something doesn’t go your way, and make sure everyone can see that you are?
Do you want You to be everything? Always of most importance?!
Friends, we are selfish beings. We want, want, want what we want. And fight, fight, fight against what God wants from us. That’s where the Holy Spirit comes in as we talked about last week. Prayer. Pray that the Holy Spirit would come on you, and allow you to walk with Him in a broken manner, living for Christ. Ask Him to make you an “EVERYDAY Worshipper” in which you can live out every moment, not in some weird, nazi Christian way, but with the God who know you before you were, who had a plan for you before you could be planned. Who loves you enough to crucify Himself for your sake.
That’s what it’s really about, if you truly know God, that will change your life. A good question to ask is, “ Would my life look the same if I didn’t know Jesus?” And if you can answer yes to that, then perhaps maybe you aren’t a Christian today. And if you’re not sure, I ask that you would grab someone you trust and ask them to pray with you today that God would be your one true love, the lord of your life. The only thing that can save you from yourself. If you do know Him and are changed, then people will see those changes. When people see those changes, you have to be prepared for their response. Being an “Everyday Worshipper” is not a guarantee that things will go well. In fact, Jesus pretty much guarantees the opposite. He tells us that if we walk with Him, that we will be different, and that people will hate us because of His name.
You have to be ok with that, and you can’t be ok with that if you don’t really know who God is, and what He did for us on the cross.
Worship is recognizing that your life is far less important than the One who died to keep you from eternal hell. Worship is giving everything you have over and over again, failure after failure, because He is worthy of our praise. He is the God of all ages, forever and ever! Amen? Amen!