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01 December 2011

Worship: More than Church Karaoke – pt.5

12:01 AM Posted by steve flores No comments
[Part One]; [Part Two]; [Part Three]; [Part Four]
When we fully grasp the concept that worship is about surrender, then we become more focused on serving God rather than being served by God. We also understand that traditions—doing good things to manipulate or prove that we are closer than we really are—are noticed by Jesus. The problem is they are not applauded; they are rebuked

I don’t know how the disciples reacted when Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees because of their poor hygiene for hand washing (Mark 7:1-5). For some reason I have a mental image of them eating chicken out of a bucket, Kentucky Fried Chicken style (I know it is not biblically accurate). I see them pulling the drumstick down from their mouth, grease streaks on their face, chicken gristle in their beard, and with their greasy thumb motioning toward Jesus, they mumble, “I’m following Him.” What they were doing might not have appeared appropriate, but they were just surrendering and they were right in doing so. Worship is more than church karaoke: it’s about surrender. And when we learn to surrender, then worship becomes a lifestyle. That’s the goal.

"He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn't live in man-made temples; and human hands can't serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand which should rise and fall and he determined their boundaries. "His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. –Acts 17:24-28 (New Living Translation)

This is a big God, who created the whole world and everything in it. Wouldn't be silly to invite God into His own home? It doesn’t make sense. We are invited into God’s home and I’m not saying this as a point of fear, but for awe. We get to meet with God! The God who cannot be contained in a building! When Jesus taught us how to pray to this God, He integrated surrender into that prayer. So when you pray, you should pray like this:  'Our Father in heaven, may your name always be kept holy. May your kingdom come and what you want be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. –Matthew 6:9-13 (New Century Version)

I know we talk about God being our friend, and He is, but sometimes we forget…