7. You will deepen your understanding and practice of worship.
Worship, what is worship? Too many Christians equate worship with singing songs, and while praising God in song is important & it’s a dynamic of real worship, singing is only on expression of worship.
In Romans 12:1-2, the Apostle Paul appeals to the Christians in Rome about what real worship is:
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.
Sacrifice was something first century believers understood, but sacrifices were usually killed! So when Paul said “living sacrifice” he was talking about living a life surrendered to God. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit in order that we might be empowered to offer back our lives to God.
Paul goes on, in Romans 12, to tell us what it looks like to offer your body back to God. You no longer conform to the world. Instead, your mind is renewed by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. Dr. Michal Youssef wrote about the result of worship in his book “Empowered by Praise.” Dr. Youssef says, "Worship reveals our true beliefs. Worship refocuses our thinking and feelings. Worship is the route to fellowship with God. Worship shows that God reigns in our lives. And Worship reinforces the truth about yourself and about God." Additionally, worship helps us walk in harmony with other believers!
Are you a true worshiper? Do you live a godly and holy life demonstrating to the world that you follow Jesus? Many believers mistakenly believe that worship can only happen on Sunday mornings in large group with a sermon, a choir, and an offering plate! Worship happens anytime we focus on God. Sometimes that happens in private (just you and God) or in a small group where we pray, sing, fellowship, or study together with a few others.