Saturday, September 24, 2005

the problem with cliches are that because they are so overused, they somehow just lose their effect - no one bothers to take them seriously, leaving the real meaning behind some of these phrases rarely explored. if you think abt it, this can be really sad esp if the phrase has a much deeper meaning to it but is often not understood because people don't pay attention to it. the thing is, cliches are not the only victims of overuse...

as Chrisitans, we often come across the word "worship". some people use it to describe a part of a service such as in, "we usually have worship before the sermon." others use it to refer to certain types of songs such as in, "i like the slow worship songs." it is also often used to talk about which church you attend such as in, "where do you worship at?" and you kinda get the idea... the word "worship" tends to be so overused and somewhat misused, that many of us are forgetting what it really means...

well, you may ask, what does worship really mean then?

in Nehemiah 9:6 it says "You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You gave life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you." Worship in this passage is described as a respose to God for His greatness, love and His awesome gift of life. it's sorta like saying "thank you" when you recieve a present from someone. and it might help to remember that every moment we live and breathe is actually a gift from God... shouldn't it only be right that we use this gift well, thank Him for it and with it?

Romans 12:1(TEV) resounds this idea saying, "Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship you should offer."

whether it be helping out with something in school, the chores arnd the house, friends with their problems, to respecting those arnd you, choosing to be honest, trying not use certain words or even offering a smile to brighten up someone's day, these are all little acts of worship. remember, it's not so much of what you do or how you do it, but why you do it coz God looks at your heart... if you dedicate your thoughts, words and deeds to God as a response of what He's done for you, that's worship.

it's not so much of a music-style, but rather, worship is a life-stlye. in fact, it bothers me somewhat when people use the word "worship" interchangably with the word "music", such as in "worship ministry". this is coz worship is really so much more than just the music itself. yes, music can be used for worship and don't forget that musical talent is too, a gift from God, but music doesn't equal worship (and i don't think i even need to elaborate on that).

if you get where i am going, i'm trying to highlight that "worship team" does not just mean the people involved with the music and singing in church. rather, try to see it as an umbrella term for every single one who worships and wants to worship God for who He is and all that He's done. and just think about it, "worship team" is actually a very inclusive term. it is far from exclusive and a big "worship team" is really want we want the whole OC to become, not just a particular group of people. remember the cliche? TEAM : Together, EVERYONE Achieves More! in fact, just think abt it, this task of trying to include others to share in God's love could also be an act of worship in itself!

you see, my point here really isn't abt the use of the word "worship" or "worship ministry/team". rather, i hope that everyone will really individually as well as collectively consider the real meaning behind the word, what it means to be true worshippers and how we can apply little acts of worship in our lives so that we might do His will and make Him smile...


"Worship is giving God the best that He has given you."
-Oswald Chamers

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