The act of worship is so simple, yet remains one of the most misunderstood practices within the Christian faith. From idolatry to the utter absence of application, we always seem to find a way to misconstrue, mess up, or misalign our concerted efforts. Now, we know that the obvious answer to our worship woes remains our fallen human nature. After all, misaligned worship is not simply a contemporary woe. Rather, as we comb the Old Testament, we find a plethora of examples of just how off-base the Jewish people were in their own worship practices.
Nonetheless, if your anything like me, you understand your fleshly tendencies, but you do not desire to allow them to remain the source of your efforts. I mean, the Word of GOD commands us to rise above the flesh, and walk whole-heartedly in the Spirit as we have been so faithfully gifted from the very moment GOD plucked us from the clutches of the world (Galatians 5:16-18).
So, what do we do then? More importantly, HOW DO WE DO FIX OUR WOES? Well, the truth is that we fix our woes by fixing the source of our attention. In order to become one whose worship is properly aligned, you must desire to rid your life of competing attentions, and allow GOD to be at the forefront of all your concerted efforts. In his devotional titled “The Man Minute: 60 Seconds Can Change Your Life,” author, and outdoorsman, Jason Cruise puts it like this: “You can choose whether to go to church on Sunday, but you have no choice for worship. You worship by how you live every day, 24-7, because Christ lives in you.
My prayer is that GOD will recalibrate my mind so that I remember that even what I eat is an act of worship.” Worship is not simply that time in which we find Mr. Dan and our worship team in front of us singing songs on Saturday night or Sunday Morning. Worship is a part of who we are, and our worship woes will only begin to fade when we allow GOD to align our hearts and our minds. When we allow GOD to be the source of our worship day-in and day-out, 24-7!
So, I ask you: What is the source of your misalignment? Most likely it is something related to the reality of living in one of the toughest cultures in the entire world. However, please don’t just “go with the flow,” and become stagnant or misaligned. Walk in the Holy Spirit, and allow GOD to help you rise above the “3 M’s” that I mentioned above. I promise you that it will be well worth it. You will not only draw closer to the throne of GOD, but you will literally become the living example of worship that Paul spoke of in his Epistle to the Romans many years ago…
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of GOD, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to GOD, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of GOD, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
Roy Schneider - Interim Student Minister andChildren's Ministry Coordinator - StoneBridge Baptist Church