This past week we started a new message series I am calling www.iworship.GOD. I know you are thinking that is the coolest name ever for a series (or you're thinking that it's lame.) I think it says what God is calling every one of us to do – WORSHIP HIM!
The Bible tells us that we are to worship God, the Creator and Sustainer of everything. The Bible says the Heavens declare His Glory. Jesus tells us that we are to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. Throughout the Bible the message is loud and clear – God wants our worship, plain and simple.
However, God loves us so much that He gives us the choice. We can choose to obey His Word and worship or we can choose not to obey. By giving us free will to choose, He demonstrates His real love for us.
For me personally, worship has been an opportunity for God to speak to me. It has been during times of worship – real worship that I have clearly felt His presence and understood what he was asking me to do.
I remember it like it was yesterday. “A Night of Worship” it was called at the church. We came together and worshipped. It was an amazing evening. The band was great and the worship leader was sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. It was during that evening I felt God calling me to full time ministry.
That night I made the decision to obey God and do whatever it took to become a pastor. It meant going back to school and getting my degrees. It meant a journey. It meant hard work, It was the beginning of some 26 plus years of ministry, of growing and serving of study and learning.
Just recently, last year I was in a service visiting a local church. The worship was powerful. The feeling I had was familiar – like that evening some 26 years ago. I felt God’s presence – I felt God calling again. This time it was to step way out of my comfort zone and take everything I have learned, everything I had done and use it to plant a church – Thrive Church. God has given me a vision to create a place where people can Thrive – a place to discover and use the gifts and abilities that God has given them to serve others, and in the process help them find Jesus.
I encourage you to approach worship, perhaps differently. Listen for that still small voice – listen to see what God is calling you to do.