Bible Reading: John 4:1-26
Do you remember the ‘NITEL’ days? NITEL was as good as communication allowed back then. I remember that I could only talk to my relatives abroad by going to my neighbour’s house because we were not amongst the privileged few that had telephone boxes in their homes.
Of course, making a call in the neighbour’s house came with certain restrictions; you can’t call when there’s no NEPA power supply, when the owners are making a call, or when they simply do not want to be disturbed.
Look now, you are reading this message from the comfort of your convenience, perhaps smiling, because someone made an attempt over two decades ago to make life easier for you by establishing the infrastructure that bridges the gap between you and me. All you need is a willingness to reach out to me, reach for your phone, dial my number and we are talking.
We can liken this to what Jesus has done for us. He bridged the gap between us and the Father and now, all we need to do is reach out to Him in genuine worship.
Worship is not merely some physical activity. In fact, it is primarily spiritual because it is a reverence to a God that is unseen. Worship has to be true because we cannot fake it. We are either worshipping or we are not. Genuine worship will play out in our lives, in our random words and deeds.
Also, we must remind ourselves that as children of God, our worship is focused on God. Everywhere worship is mentioned in the Bible, it is about God. Even when the devil requested that Jesus worship him, he was quickly reminded that worship is to God and God alone. The subject of our worship is God. Always!
‘Worship the Lord your God…’ Luke 4:8
Worship is not subject to feelings or moods or how good the music is, it is a constant reach out of our souls to the Almighty God!
Worship is not a switch we flip in and out of, it is a life. It is an every-second yielding to God and His will; a life fully pleasing unto God. Worship is not just that time in a service, where Sycamore Worship gives us great music, with us lifting our hands in response. It is a lifetime of service and honour to God. It is my attitude to work on Monday, punctuality to life group meetings on Saturday, my thoughts in my dark lonely room on Friday night…
Just like stars were made to shine, birds were made to fly, We were made to worship God. That’s our true purpose! Our worship is our service to God. Before you rush out this morning, remember that worship is what you were made for! Let your every plan be made and your every moment be lived in this consciousness!
Sycamore Worship Team Lead