We started on a journey this month with the C3 April theme, “The Power of the Resurrection” and discussed the significance of Passover 2020, Good Friday, and Resurrection Day, which gives us the power over sin and death. The journey continued with “Walking in Freedom,” which explored the freedom we are intended to walk in and the bondages that prohibit us from experiencing this freedom. Last week we discussed the importance of “Leaving Egypt Behind” as we journey to the promised land our creator has planned for each of us. This week we will wrap up the April theme with “Free to Worship.”
When we look at the purpose of leaving Egypt, Moses petitioned Pharaoh to free God’s people so they would be free to worship Him. The same is true today. God desires His people to be free to worship Him, and He has eliminated the barriers that prohibit this freedom through the finished work of the cross by Jesus Himself and the gift of the Holy Spirit. This freedom allows us to worship Him as we were created to when we understand the meaning of true worship.
The Meaning of Worship
Many of us were raised to think that worship is something we do within the walls of a church, or praise and worship is related to Christian music. There is nothing wrong with either of these, however, this perspective can greatly limit our understanding of true worship. Praise should be every word that comes from our lips, and worship is all we do and offer unto the Lord. The Hebrew word for work, worship, and service are the same word: Avodah.
So, as followers of Christ, what if we started to see the work of our hands, the service we provide to others, and all we do as worship unto God? Instead of being motivated by what we will get in return for our time or service, we begin to offer all we do as worship unto Him and deliver it with an attitude of joy and with excellence. If we as Christians operated in this mode, the world would desire to hire Christians because we work harder, have better attitudes, show up on time, and contribute innovative solutions in the course of our work. I think this is what Jesus was giving us a picture of when He described true worship.
Jesus Defines Worship
I appreciate the story of Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman told by the Apostle John in John 4. Jesus breaks all the cultural norms of the day by conversing with a Samaritan woman, meeting her where she was, and telling her about her past. He ends His conversation telling her He is the Messiah and then provides a clear definition of true worship found in John 4:23-24, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” Jesus could say this because He is the Truth (John 1:14) and the Holy Spirit would be released on both Jew and Gentile after His Resurrection and Pentecost.
We worship through a heart submitted to God by the power of the Holy Spirit that has integrated the Truth of Jesus Christ deep in our hearts. The Apostle Paul gives us this process of worship in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Glory to the Father
We bring glory to our Creator, our Heavenly Father as we embrace the purpose for which He created us and worship Him in all that we do. He created each of us uniquely and when we walk in the fullness of His workmanship and according to His will, we bring Him glory. This is perfectly articulated by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Let us enter this season with hearts submitted and devoted to Him as we worship our Creator in all that we do in Spirit and Truth! Have a wonderful week and encourage others with this message of worship.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.