This month in our student ministry here at Okolona Christian Church, we are going through a new series that examines what worship is, what it looks like, and ultimately, how we can find ourselves in continual worship of Him. It’s a series that we are calling Wake Up and it’s this idea that when we are truly awakened, we see and understand that God is continually speaking to us, and we find that He is revealing His truth to us everywhere. In Genesis 28 it’s written:
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
When we are awakened from our sleep, and when our eyes are opened, we find that God’s presence is flooding this place. From there, we can only be moved in worship.
One of the challenges that we posed to our students a couple weeks ago as we kicked off this series was this: what is one new, fresh, or unique way that you can begin worshipping God? It was a simple yet though-provoking challenge. It’s a challenge that made us look at our own routines, and think about how easy it is to fall into them that we lose sight of the fact that we should be worshipping God in everything that we do. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
ONE HANDFUL OF QUIETNESS
As I took on this challenge myself, along with our students, I was led to Ecclesiastes 4:6, which says “And yet, better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.” This Word was laid on my heart right in the middle of a week that I was non-stop, super busy, and quite exhausted. It was in that moment that God showed me that I was not honoring or glorifying Him just by doing a bunch of work - work that wasn't at all bad, but work that was at the expense of a good rhythm of rest. And so I learned through this that one way I can begin to worship God is to simply be quiet and still. To find rhythm and rest. It was a wonderful lesson to learn, and it’s quite timely, as this is a lesson that God has been working on in my heart for at least the past year or so now.
So, let us consider this: What is one way that we can begin to worship God differently this week? Let’s stretch and push ourselves. Let’s bring to Him a new offering, and just wait to see what He will teach us through it.
Corey Willoughby, our Student Discipleship Minister here at Okolona Christian Church, said it like this: “Worship is when we are connected to God.” Just think: In our lives, when we are most connected to God and in tune and in step with His Spirit, aren’t these the moments when we are caught up in the most beautiful of worship? When our minds are set on nothing but Him? When our hearts and minds are opened to only His voice? This state of worship is what we were created for, and it’s meant to be continual!