Friday, February 29, 2008

Worship = Surrender

Forget for a moment about worship as that thing we do on Sunday mornings, and instead think of worship as what it truly is; a lifestyle. Worship is not a Sunday singing thing, but a 24/7 lifestyle of submission.

Surrender: The Hebrew verb for worship means “surrender, to fall down in submission, prostrate oneself…” Indeed the “heart of worship” is surrender. The heart of Christianity is about self-death, dying to ourselves. It means that our will, our desires, our dreams, must all die to those of Christ. Romans 6 outlines that we are no longer slaves to sin, but we ARE slaves to God….benefit is holiness, resulting in eternal life.

I want to propose that the biggest hurdle in leading a fully surrendered life is this thing called “self.” Think about it; how many books are out there that could be labeled as “self-help?” And are we better off for having read them? How many about a book on “self-death?”
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it to gain the whole world , and yet lose or forfeit your very self?” (Luke 9:23).

Same thing in the Message: “Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: ‘Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat, I am. Don’t run from suffering: embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?”

We are all lured into worshipping something, the question is what are we worshipping? Or, if you use the word “surrender” instead of worship, the question becomes “who or what is my life surrendered to?” Does God truly control me? The answer to these questions will show us who or what we are worshipping.

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