WORSHIP: A CONCERT OR DISHARMONY?


WORSHIP
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There seem to have been a long battle in what worship stands for in Christianity. I have every reason to think that we’ve all missed the point a long time ago when we started referring to gospel music artists as worshipers. Worship simply means expression of reverence and adoration to something, it means paying homage to something. In the Christian context, it means expression of great reverence for God. It has become very common to term Christian music events as “worship program” while other Christian events aren’t referred to as worship. I will need to do some very simple explanation here.
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Believers in Christ Jesus are people living a different kind of life! Their difference requires difference in whatever is offered to them. This includes the friends they keep, the movies they watch, the songs they sing and dance, the fashion they subscribe to, the party they attend and lots more! One big truth is that, they require this difference because of their reverence for God and it is that reverence that is called worship! Worship is not music; worship is a lifestyle which affects everything that revolves round a believer! Let me show you an example of a worshiper in the Bible. Look at Ephesians 5&6, it is a very long scripture and I will not be able to write it out like I normally do on my articles; however, I will briefly have to explain why I cited that portion of the scripture. When look closely at that scripture, some people will just quote 5:19-20 “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” And tell you that it is what worship is all about. When you read the entire 5&6 chapters, you will discover that worship is beyond speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and all that! There are some major points that can easily be noted from that scripture and they are

1. Being imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1-7): What does it mean to imitate God? It means to love just as Christ has loved us! You can’t be full of hate, sing soul rendering songs that will get people crying and think you are a worshiper just because you have taken mastery of people’s emotions! Being imitators of God also means staying away from sin! There are lots of people who do all manner of evil and yet come to the stage to sing people down… Yet, they have not worshiper! Worship is a life.

2. Being Children of Light (Ephesians 5:8-20): The bible says “but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Test and prove what pleases the Lord.” This is not about music; it is about our life as believers! Since we are children of light, we have to walk in it… That is worship! Walking in the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth! This means that whatever I do should portray the aforementioned things! A worshiper can make comedy that uplifts people spiritually when there is great reverence for God. I remember calling a certain comedian for a program; he had to take the theme from me and pray asking God “Even in the laughter, give me a word for this people”. It doesn’t matter what you have chosen to do, if you deeply respect God, it will be reflected in what you do! That is worship! When you think of giving a gospel music concert a great shot, you aren’t doing it to promote self but to display Christ in a very dynamic way. People often argue about concerts and certain events we do in Church and they say it is “entertainment”. Let me not defend if it is entertainment or not but I want to clearly say that a believer who entertains people with deep respect for God is in the act of worship. Planning your events, packaging them and making sure there are no lapses because you have great reverence for God are worship! Those things are very pleasing to God when we do it with Him in view. A comedian who reveres God will not do dirty jokes because he lives a life of worship! A fashion designer who reveres God will not do designs that don’t showcase decency. Decency is godly! Decency does not mean unattractive.

3. Being responsible in marriage and relationship (Ephesians 5:21-33): The first verse on this category gives the reason for submission as worship! He says “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” and we saw initially that worship means ‘reverence’. Worship is reflected in our marriage too which means that many marriages are broken because it was used for worship to God. When marriage is only about you, it will fail but when it’s about God, you will love your spouse unconditionally because it is a duty you owe God and not anyone else. When there is deep admiration for God in marriage, no one will be fighting for superiority because both will submit to one another. This can also be applied in relationships that lead to marriage! Worshipers act differently, a worshiper will not be known for domestic violence not because they are not made angry at time but because they are constrained by the love of and for Christ.

4. Honour and Respect (Ephesians 6:1-8): Sometimes our parents or elderly ones do things that may be so bad but because we have deep respect for God, we will also respect the authority they have placed above us. This doesn’t mean giving in to certain things that are against our will just because an elder asked us to do it; it means understanding people’s authority and honoring it. Obeying your parents is worship and bringing up your children in the instructions of the Lord is worship! Serving your employer in faithfulness is worship! Masters treating their servants in a good way is also worship!

There are lots more ways in which worship can be displayed! Music is just an activity of worship just like every other Christian event! Sometimes it seems there are two parties in the gospel music industry; those fighting that worship are their own kind of songs and others fighting that worship are their own kind of songs… Those things further prove that worship isn’t about your thing; it’s about doing what is pleasing to God. If that concert is pleasing to God, it is worship! If that spoken word is pleasing to God, it is worship!
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Saying that music is worship is the same thing with saying that Christianity is music. Believers in Christ are of a different world and everything they do is done differently. Therefore, the comedy, concerts, movies, designs, fashions, reach outs, simple and complicated activities done in the body of Christ with reverence for God is worship! Beyond those activities, loving people and caring for them is worship! The place of the Holy Spirit is not the church stage where people sing and get others to cry, it is inside of every believer, compelling us to work out our salvation!
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Music ministers are musicians who render services with their music skills. Gospel music ministers are musicians who render kingdom services with their musical skills. Gospel music ministers are not WORSHIPERS because they sing. Every believer is a worshiper! Unfortunately, what people call worship is when hands are lifted up, tears rolling and emotions boiling, they will say “she is lost in worship”… Shut up! She is lost in music!
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The rhythm of a song can be soul touching and the lyrics can be Spirit lifting. If a lyric cannot lift you when used in an undesired style, it is not the lyrics moving you but the beat. After all, so many soft secular songs can also touch our souls and do some magic too…. I remember speaking silently in tongues and allowing tears to flow when listening to a romantic song one early morning.
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When people see “WORSHIP EXPLOSION” they think it’s about music… No! It’s not about music… There is something called “WORSHIP” that is not music. Worship comes from a sincere and humble heart! Some music ministers want to be branded the real worshipers because they feel they are more spiritual than others when it comes to the act, they think they are more consecrated and ready… But the idea that “they are better” automatically faults them! Jesus told us a story about two people who came to pray in the temple in Luke 18:9-14, the Pharisee was busy telling God how different he was from the tax collector! He couldn’t mind his personal business with God; he thought he would make himself appear better by telling God how terrible another is. This is what many music ministers do in Church. They keep pointing fingers saying “this person is just there showing us skills… For me, I am led by the Spirit”, who told them the other person isn’t being led by the Spirit? Is it because people didn’t cry at their ministration? Oh come on! There are people who desire to improve because they want to serve better in the Church out of reverence for Christ… That is worship!
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Your music concerts, your assistance to the needy, your fashion, your career, your services, your movies, and your writings and so on are all worship when done in reverence to God.
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IN ONE WORD… WORSHIP IS “LOVE FOR GOD, IN ACTION”
#GracefulGeorge

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