Tonight we are starting a new series at REVOLUTION entitled “24/7/365 – Living a Lifestyle of Worship”. A lot of the material from this series can be found in The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio. I highly recommend you pick up this little book (only 103 pages). It is an amazing book that beautifully puts into words the idea that worship is so much more than singing songs at church; it is a way of life.
Tonight’s main theme: YOU ARE A WORSHIPER!
We are all worshipers. We were created for worship. You may not consider yourself a “worshiping” type of person, but you cannot help but worship…something. Should you for some reason choose to not direct that worship to God, you are simply exchanging the Creator for something He has created.
In its simplest definition, worship is our response to what we value most. That’s why worship is that thing we do. It’s what we are about any day of the week, not just Sunday. Worship is saying this person, this thing, this experience, this whatever is what matters most to me. That can be a relationship, a dream, a position, status, something you own, a name, a job, a sport, some king of pleasure, etc. You name it…we worship it.
Take a look at Luke 18:18-25. This is the story of the rich, young ruler’s encounter with Jesus. After Jesus tells him that he needs to sell all of his possessions and give them to the poor, he walks away depressed. This is not a greed or selfish issue. The rich, young ruler had a worship issue.
How do you know what you are worshiping? It’s easy. You simply follow the trail of your time, your affection, you energy, your money, and your allegiance. At the end of that trail you will find a throne; and whatever, or whomever, is on that throne is what’s of highest value to you. On that throne is what you worship.
Worship is not just a Sunday/Wednesday thing. It is an all-the-time thing. In fact, some of the purest forms of worship are found outside church walls and have nothing to do with God. If you do not believe me, take a look at an arena during a concert or at a stadium during a big game.
I need to stop before I give too much away. You need to be there tonight to hear the rest.