Recently Sumer and I went to a Journey concert. We were gifted with great seats and it was a chance to have a fun date. I loved it because it’s the first time I’ve seen Journey in person and I’m a big fan of their music.
While we were standing, I noticed a few things that connected to a bigger idea.
First, everyone sang out loud and they didn’t care how they sounded. It was loud with the voices of the audience.
Second, most people were raising their hands at different moments singing “Open Arms”, “Faithfully” and “Don’t Stop Believing”.
Third, people stood and responded with shouting applause, and more.
This was not rehearsed, forced, or faked. It was genuine at the moment as a stadium full of people opened their hearts and had a great night singing with Journey.
This was normal in this concert and if you didn’t respond, you stood out.
All of these expressions reflect a biblical truth that we were made to worship God. There’s a longing in our hearts to express, reach and connect with God. It’s inherent and when Jesus is in our lives, we can have true fulfillment.
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”Ecclesiastes 3:11
Worship is a part of our response to God. Heaven is filled with the praises of His people and with angels singing to Him.
“11. Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12. And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered— to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”Revelation 5:11-12
It’s natural to worship God, it’s normal to worship God and it’s in our nature to worship God.
But why worship?
Jesus is God!
He’s alive and because of His sacrifice, we can be saved by grace through faith and have eternal life.
This is enough to worship Him but then, He daily loads us with benefits and from His goodness, He blesses us.
There’s something about worshiping God that cleans us, softens us, and connects us to Him. What we worship is what we become like.
When we worship God, His character and His ways will come more in our lives. When we worship money, people, sex, power, and more, we become more like that.
This is what happened to God’s people in the Old Testament. What they worshipped is what they became like. They drifted from God and became isolated from His nature.
“And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.”Psalms 115:8
However, when we worship Him, we are changed and receive what He has for us. We can receive healing, peace, grace, purpose, life, strength, and right living.
This is a big part of our faith and it’s why leaders must worship!
So, what happens when we worship God as leaders?
1st – We are putting God first.
It’s easy to drift into the business of our schedules and neglect our connection to Jesus. This is a subtle trick the enemy uses but when we worship, it’s putting our focus on Him.
When God is first everything else can be in order. For leaders having things in order is how we stay productive and healthy in all we’re doing. It starts with God, period!
Worship lifts our attention to Jesus. It forces us to lay aside ourselves and magnify Him. This reminds us of who He is and who we are and leaders need to be reminded of this.
I encourage you, to worship Him. Take time and make time to lift Him up above yourself and give Him His rightful place, first!
2nd – We become more like Him.
God is love and from this, He gives peace, healing, joy, goodness, forgiveness, redemption, deliverance, new beginnings and so much more.
Who doesn’t want these things?
When we worship Jesus we’re opening our lives to receive who He is and what He does. This is where our character can be refined, where our hearts are softened, and where we receive more of Him. What we worship is what we become like so when we worship Jesus, our lives change and our actions show it.
Who are you worshiping? Or, what are you becoming like?
Whatever your answer is, reveals who you’re worshiping.
3rd – We’re staying under His hand.
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”1 Peter 5:6
The safest place to be is under His hand and the best place to be is under His hand.
This is where He’s in control and He’s leading our lives. This is where we thrive in His will, in His protection, and in His timing.
Notice the verse says at the right time He will lift us up or promote us. Worship helps us be under His hand and to stay under His hand.
Worship does this because our hearts open and we magnify how big He is and how small we are. He’s the answer and the source of any good in our lives.
As leaders, I encourage you to worship Jesus daily. Make it a part of what you do and who are because with all the responsibilities we have, we need Him more than ever.
Please remember no matter the blessings, promotions, influence, opportunities, and success, we were made to worship Him!
Give Him your heart and express your worship to Him!
Have a great day and the best is yet to come!