If you’ve followed Jesus for a while or spent any time around church, you’ve heard the word “worship” tossed around a lot…But worship is far more than something we do on a Sunday morning – it’s a life-encompassing, world-altering reality. This weekend, join us as we learn how a sense of wonder transforms everything we’ve ever known or experienced.
1. Worship should be subversive.
- When the disciples worshiped Jesus and followed him, they naturally interrupted the established way of life the people of Israel were used to. Worship subverts the status quo on three different levels. We see in this account of Jesus and his disciples that their worship shook the spiritual realm. Demonic forces submitted to the name of Jesus (and still do). Worship of Jesus also rattled the Pharisees and undermined the established religious culture of the day. And finally, worship of Jesus totally altered how the disciples saw the world because their eyes were opened to things no one else was aware of.
- Worship works the same for us today. When we worship Jesus, we start a holy rebellion: demons flee, society is shaken up, and our own ways of thinking are forever transformed.
In what area of your life is God calling you to be a holy rebel?
2. Worship should be apocalyptic.
- Worship gives us a greater understanding of who God is, and as a result, it also shows us more about ourselves and the world. In that sense, it is “apocalyptic,” revealing God as he truly is and pointing toward a greater coming reality where we will eternally worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
- We are made to be worshipers, so as we worship we gain a deeper knowledge of our calling and purpose, and we receive fresh perspective on our present reality.
What is God revealing to you as you worship him in your present circumstances?
3. Worship should be ecstatic.
- Although we can worship in the midst of any feeling or emotion, in both happiness and sadness, worship should be both a source of and a response to the joy of the Lord. Joy is not technically a feeling, but a fruit of the Spirit. That means God himself bears the fruit of joy in our lives as we worship him, but we also have to choose to walk in the Spirit and live into that gift of God.
- If we’re not experiencing the joy of the Lord, there may be a barrier of some kind we need to remove from our lives, whether that’s something we’re doing or something we’re thinking. It’s important that we examine our hearts and ask ourselves if we’re rejoicing in the Lord, and if not we need to pray and ask God for discernment of what needs to change so we can experience his joy.
- Worship is when we take our hearts and our deepest joys off all the things we’re allowed to enjoy and place it on God who is the source of all joy.
Are you experiencing the joy of the Lord, and if not, what would joyful worship look like in your life?