As someone who has grown up in the church, I had never thought much about worship. I go to church every Sunday morning and evening and Wednesday night with my family. Even after I was baptized and gave my life to Christ, nothing really changed in my attitude toward worship. As much as I hate to admit it, I just viewed it as a “Christian obligation”. During the past year, however, I’ve been working to shift my focus and learn for myself how important worship really is.
What is Worship?
I used to think worship was our obligation as Christians because of what God has done for us, but this simply isn’t the case. Though worship is a command and something God expects, it is also a privilege. Because we have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we have access to the Father and His grace. We are allowed to enter God’s presence in worship because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
Worship is not an obligation – it is our response to God’s love and grace. The psalmist in Psalm 63:3-4 says this about worship: “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. ”
God pours out His love for us in so many different ways. If we are grateful for this love, our response should be to worship Him.
For those of us who have grown up in Christian families, it can sometimes be challenging for us to take responsibility for our faith. It’s easy to get our “fill” of God’s word at church and only pray with our families. But I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to be in charge of your own faith and walk with God. You are not going to get to heaven because your parents are Christians. There’s no such thing as “piggy-back salvation”. If you want to spend eternity with your Heavenly Father, you have to worship God for yourself.
How is your worship? Are you making a conscientious effort to worship in spirit and truth, or is it a passive thing for you? I encourage you to rethink your mindset toward worship and remember how big a blessing it is!