We hear this word all the time.
For many of us when we first hear the word worship, we think of the first hour of a church service or we think of the latest slow gospel song that came out.
What comes to mind first when you think of worship?
Do you think of the fact that worship is your lifestyle and communication with God?
Do you think of the power the act and lifestyle of worship holds?
Worship, as my pastor Pastor Isidore Agoha of Triumphant Life Church says, is the totality of the believer’s conduct in attitudes, words, and actions as a kingdom citizen in response to God as the King of the Universe.
I believe all of that that is to say, true worship has its roots in your lifestyle, words and attitudes.
Worship is obedience.
John 4:23-24 says,
“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. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Essentially, that verse is saying that true worshippers are those who are in Spirit and in truth.
Let’s start with the Spirit aspect…
In colloquial church terms, we often hear people joke and say, “you are in the Spirit.”
Think about it…
What does that even mean?
To be in the Spirit, you have to be in alignment or agreement with the other person.
What is it that you have to be in alignment with?—the “truth” part of that verse.
To be in alignment, it means you have subjected yourself to the truth of God and His infallible Word.
Not only are you in agreement with the person…
But it is as if, you and the person share the same mind.
Verse 24 says that God is Spirit.
Spirit as Merriam Webster dictionary defines it, is the animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms.
God has the liberty to operate without us, but instead he chose to use the Holy Ghost as the spirit to dwell inside of us and “animate” us.
So not only are you in alignment…
But to describe it further, the very spirit is in you and causes you to do what delights the Father—willingly.
This brings me to my next part..
Worship is willing obedience.
You may think, “if I am obeying, aren’t I willingly doing something?”
The completeness of obedience is its free will and the absence of complaints or murmuring.
That’s what makes our worship totally unique from satan.
If satan comes before the presence of God, he forcefully has to bow!
That’s because the scriptures say in
“that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
But you see, the believer has the choice to bow down and worship not only with the knee but also through their lives.
Worship is the lifestyle of a willing servant not a slave.
Worship is your heavenly recognition.
It is not limited to catchy four-line songs or the first thirty minutes of the church service; neither is it strictly reserved for singers or instrumentalists.
Worship is your call, scent and robe as a believer.
Your worship is a constant reminder to satan, that Jesus is King.
When satan comes near you, he needs to smell the potent presence of worship to God all around you.
Worship is the constant reminder that the presence of God is not limited to your local congregation but also the atmosphere you carry.
Worship is your heavenly perfume.
Have you ever smelled someone’s perfume and you had to ask them what scent they were wearing?
That’s how we are supposed to be in the spiritual realm.
People should ask you, “please sister/brother, what are you doing in your personal time with God, the glory of God is just all over you.”
When sacrifices were offered in the Old Testament, the smoke and smell rose.
As it rose, it went into the nostrils of our wonderful Lord and it was so pleasing to Him.
That’s how your life should be!
God should also be able to constantly smell your cologne of worship whether you are singing a song of adoration, submitting to the leaders He has placed over you, studying and meditating upon His word, or spending time with the Holy Ghost.
You are to be a living sacrifice burning constantly on the altar to please God with your unique perfume.
I’ve envisioned God saying, “Hmm…that’s the smell of my daughter, Eby. She’s coming to give me some praise. Let me get ready to be blessed by her worship to me.”
How delightful would it be for God to not only recognize your sound but also your smell?
How beautiful would it be for God to be able to dance to the song you sing in addition to the song of your lifestyle?
I am blessed to serve as a worship leader in my local congregation, Triumphant Life Church, and I also bring my atmosphere of worship to Instagram through spontaneous worship live sessions.
I say all this to say…
My lifestyle of worship does not and cannot end when I hit the “end live” on Instagram or when I get off the keyboard at my church. My worship is a continuous sacrifice of laying my life down.
As New Testament believers, we are living breathing sacrifices.
The only problem with us being living sacrifices instead of dead rams is that we can choose to get off the altar because we are still very much alive to make the conscious decision to walk off and disobey.
Laying my life down is not me going to my kitchen drawer and stabbing myself with a knife.
Laying my life down is the true worship aspect.
It is me committing to stay where God has placed me and submitting to Him at all times no matter how hot the burning fire may feel.
My worship is not the fact that I am playing the keyboard, my worship is my heart’s position. The position of staying.
As God has willed it for this time being, I am the only keyboardist at my church. I can sit there and “worship” by playing the keyboard, but I can also be murmuring in my heart the entire time that I am exhausted. This can and will not be an acceptable sacrifice to God.
To fully worship, I have to understand that the Holy Spirit is the landlord and not the tenant of my heart and life.
He is not the visitor, but rather the owner of this house.
Remember we said the Holy Spirit is the spirit within us that enables us to worship in spirit and truth?
You have to kick out the illegal landlords like complaints, shame, bitterness, guilt that hinder you from entering into the full presence of God to worship.
You are destined to worship.
You were built for this very purpose.
Stay on the fire.