THE HEART OF WORSHIP

Two Sundays ago at OCC was significant in so many ways.  From the tangible act of packing bags with life giving nutrients for the malnourished kids in Honduras to the fellowship of the body as we performed this service, so much was accomplished.

In his bible study Worship: Believers Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby says “Worship is the very life of missions.  More happens for missions in individuals and churches in worship than at any other time.” 

Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

WORSHIP TAKES ON MANY FORMS

Worshipping God takes on many forms from singing to praying to serving.  Everything we do when done for God’s glory is an act of worship.  So as we packed those meals Sunday we were worshipping. What Blackaby wrote and what Acts 1:8 says became a reality.  When we worship God unveils an awareness of the world on our hearts.  Our eyes are open to the needs of people all around us both near and far and we become convicted and compelled to do something.  We are mobilized by the Spirit of God.

I think that was another significant component of Sunday.  There was no pretense or manipulation.  It was a pure, Spirit-driven service and the result pointed to no one individual other than God.  He did it.

PURE AND SPIRIT-DRIVEN

Blackaby goes on to indicate that a self-centered church is not a worshipping church.  Worship requires a complete sacrifice of the individual and the collective body itself for the glory of God and the benefit of others.  Sunday was a perfect example of this.  It forced us out of a me-centered mindset.  In some very basic ways but ways that we make a big deal sometimes like our preferred seating, or timing of how a service ought to go, we were able to lay those petty things aside.  When we do this we release our mind, heart, soul and strength to Him.  Out of that moment we are transformed by the renewing of our mind and God’s will unfolds into perfect clarity. 

THE HEART OF WORSHIP

This is the heart of worship.  This is the heart of a disciple.  Someone who is following Jesus, being transformed by Jesus, and Living the mission of Jesus.  And what is the mission of Jesus?  Go, make disciples by baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded.