Positioned for Worship

“[True] worship… situates a person in a servitude and complete surrender of the will.”- John Spellman, Organic Worship

 Worship

It seems difficult to really comprehend a life lived completely for God. We seem to constantly chase after our own agendas and our own dreams. We can be the most faithful Christians but we constantly seek our own way.  Many even speak of the “freedom in Christ” as though it gives them the permission to set their own agenda. 

 However, God has called us to something totally different:

 “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.” – Romans 12:1

 Worship is not about getting what we want. It is not about seeking healing, direction or even deliverance. Deep worship happens when we position ourselves before God with a complete surrender of our own desires and agendas. It should be ALL about Him. Our sole focus is to bring him glory and honor. We become a living sacrifice that is fully submitted to wherever God will lead us. It is not a sacrifice unless you give all of yourself. A real sacrifice is never partial.  We have to go all in for Jesus.

 It is through this kind of Worship that we fully connect with God. The struggles of this world begin to grow pale and nothing else seems to matter. At this place we are fully alive. It seems so incredible yet natural at the same time. For it was this relationship that God created us for. This is our true DNA, to live as a worshiper of the Holy God. 

 

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 How do you position yourself for worship?

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About Jon Stallings

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.
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  • http://www.hutchinspired.com/ Charles Hutchinson

    I think one reason that worship is so difficult (I’ll only speak for me here) is because of all the noise that we bring with us when we try to enter the “true” worship that you are talking about, Jon. When I think about it, it’s almost comical because, all the worries and issues we struggle with need to be given to Him in the first place. If I gave these to Him as He requests (Matt 11:28-30) I could more freely enter into His presence during worship. Another way to correct this (again, in my life) is to not wait for ONE day of the week to worship Him.

    • http://www.jonstallings.com/ Jon Stallings

      Charles you are so right on all points. I am really trying to learn to worship throughout the week with all that I do. I am so easily distracted by the stuff of life. Another issue that I will explore in a future post is Worship is very intimate and we come recognize our shortcomings as we enter his presence. To enter worship we willing allow God to deal with our sin.

  • Lanell Drummer

    Great topic! I have found that the closer we get to God, the more our minds are transformed and we become like Him. At that point our desires and agenda align with his, and i believe he then gives us that freedom to go after our dreams and agendas. In the same way that an Earthly father is glorified when his son finds the strength to stand on his own, think for himself, and accomplish his dreams, our Heavenly Father is also glorified when we do the same. I think God celebrates our individuality and loves to see what we can do with the gifts he has created us with and after all, we have the mind of Christ! I think sometimes it’s not necessarily always about dying to our own agenda and desires, but more so about proper alignment.

    • http://www.jonstallings.com/ Jon Stallings

      Lanell, it is great to hear from you. I hope you are doing well as you embark on your new adventure.

      Logically it sounds horrible that we are called to die to our self. Yet when we do we find that God has something so much better.

      • Lanell Drummer

        Pastor Jon I wholeheartedly agree that there is to be dying of yourself. I die to myself daily, and there are countless things I have surrendered to be closer to Christ. That is all part of the transformation process. But i don’t necessarily agree that surrender to Christ and freedom are counter to one another. Man’s logic often suggests that surrender and freedom do not go hand in hand, but I have found that in Christ they co-exist quite well, the more i surrender, the more freedom he gives me to follow my heart and go after my dreams, and for me that has been the better way.

        • http://www.jonstallings.com/ Jon Stallings

          Perhaps it just a matter of semantics. I just believe that when we die to ourselves God give us better dreams to shoot for.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    I try and enter worship with a humble attitude, allowing God to work deep in my life. Great thoughts!

    • http://www.jonstallings.com/ Jon Stallings

      So right Dan, humility is a major part of worship. We can only fully submit to God with a humble heart.

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

        Amen!