Around Christmas time I went to a pastor friend and his wife’s house for dinner and fellowship. It was really beautiful having a bunch of friends from different churches come together and just be together. I however was exhausted with all the buzz in leading up to Christmas that I slipped away into the study which had been temporarily transformed into a games room for the teenage boys.
Like I do in people’s homes, I gravitated towards the bookshelf and was captivated by the row of books on the shelf. I just love books, I wish that I could inhale their essence and everything that was in them without reading them. There are so many great books.
Naturally as a worship leader, I was led towards the book called Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin. I read a couple of pages then closed it on my way out and left it on the shelf as it was dinner time. Two weeks ago when I went back to my friends house, I asked If I could borrow the book and I’ve been enjoying reading it.
It’s a wonderful book for all leaders but particularly worship leaders. The main theme that runs through the book obviously is why we worship, who are we worshipping and the purpose of worship. Short answer yet so profound is Jesus. Jesus, King over all. King over all kings, Messiah, Redeemer, Deliverer, Healer, High Priest…..there is so much more to describe Jesus but words do no justice.
So I ask you this…why do you worship?
For me, I started worship because it is what we did in Church, long before I fully understood what it meant to worship and lead others into worship with the King. It wasn’t until last year in 2017 that I finally started to understand who I worshipped and why and that I was born a worship leader, I was made in His image, I was born to worship God, I was born to worship Jesus. It is the utmost joy to lead others into a deep presence of worship and in order for me to do so, I must lay my life down for Jesus for who He is and what He has done for me. I owe Him everything, I owe HIM my life, every part of me.
In 2018, who and what will you worship? Jesus is the reason for the breath in our lungs. His relationship and union with The Father and Holy Spirit allow us to have an incredible relationship and abundance of life on earth until His return. Let’s make the most of our time here on earth for He is looking for those who will worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth – English standard version).
Blessings ~ Jonda