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Nothing Else, But... - Becky Augusthy

We hear ‘worship is a lifestyle’ quite a bit, but what does that really mean?

Let’s dig deeper. The Bible gives us a clear definition of worship in Romans 12:1, which says: “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.”

Here, we see that worship is presenting ourselves as a sacrifice and living obedient to His word. Nothing else. This isn’t something theoretical, but rather a practical step that requires a humble heart posture to do so – in both thought and action – and not for our gain but as an outpouring of our love for Christ.

As a worship leader, I revel in corporate worship. That segment of the service when the church body sings aloud together, hands lifted and hearts raised to praise our Savior King, there’s nothing like it. I believe this is just a glimpse of what heaven will be like. But raising our voices to a pretty tune or lifting up our hands are meaningless without a lifestyle of obedience and surrender all seven days a week.

Amos 5:23-24 says, “Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

Looking at this in context, God’s people had presented unacceptable sacrifices and songs because they were living wickedly. God is very clear that worship involves a lifestyle of obedience to God because we love Him.

Our life is worship in and of itself because it’s a mirror of who our great God is to a broken world around us.

In addition to having the right heart, let us maintain an eternal perspective. Everything we do is to glorify God – we were made to worship Him. Imagine the joy in the Father’s heart to see His children obey His word and stand united to glorify Him. Let’s strive for that. To give Him our best always, regardless of the environment around us. Let’s never forget that worship is about Jesus and no one or nothing else.

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