The Church is full of workers but where are the worshippers? God is not looking for workers. God desires worshippers, those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. It is very difficult to make worshippers out of workers. Worship and the love of God should be our number one priority as christian. (Read: John 4:23-24, 1 Cor. 3:11-15)
Another word for motive is ‘spirit’. Any service rendered with the wrong motive is described in the bible as hay, stubble, wood waiting to be devoured by fire. We all should be willing to work for the Lord but it is a matter of grace on God’s part and our work must proceed from the spirit of love for God. Jesus said “Peter, do you love me”? Jesus was telling him to remove his eyes from self, in other words, he should carry his cross and follow Christ. The emptiest people on earth are those who are full of self.
Until we have learnt the meaning and delight of worshipping God, we must not be concerned about working for God. God will not mark your script according to your scheme but according to his scheme. A worshipper can walk with eternal quality in his work but a worker who does not worship is only stacking up wood, hay and stubble for when God’s holy fire will fall. Rev. 4:10-11. We are created for His pleasure, to worship Him. A life void of worship is a purposeless life. Anyone who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.
God calls us to worship but in many instances we are in entertainment. Worship is not entertainment, it is not what you do but who you are. You cannot be a good worker if you are not a good worshipper. “Outside of politics, there is no other field of human activity that has more works and fewer deeds, more wind and less rain than what you have in the Church today”.
The beautiful part of worship is that it prepares you and enables you zero in on what you have to do for God.
Every opportunity to serve God is an opportunity to send gold, silver and precious stone to heaven. What are you sending to heaven?
Worship means “worth-ship” – placement of value. How much value do you place on God? You must have the fear of God. Wrong interpretation of grace is one of the reasons why many don’t place enough value on God. True grace prepares you for heaven; it makes you a better worshipper.
WORKER AND WORKER AND WORSHIPPER COMPARED
|1.||Considers self before any other thing||Puts God first|
|2.||Serves only when self can be noticed||Has learnt self-denial|
|3.||Serves for earthly rewards||Sees service as heavenly investment|
|4.||Carnally minded||Heavenly minded|
|5.||Sees some assignments as undignifying||Sees every opportunity to serve as opportunity to credit account in heaven|
|6.||Has an entitlement mentality||Understands that only God can reward a kingdom service|
|7.||Is usually shortsighted; high-minded||Is humble, kingdom minded|
|8.||Is easily irritated while serving||Knows how to deal with offences|
|9.||Hardly grows and he doesn’t know||Lives on the growing edge (is in constant touch with the life-giving power).|
|10||Service is motivated by love for self||Service is motivated by love for God and love for the brethren|
|11.||Can hardly be committed; perches very lightly||Always committed. Why? Because he has eternity in view|
|12.||If put on fruit test, he will fail. Cannot pass the fruit test||Is fruitful|
|13.||Service is a task that must be done||Service is worship|
|14.||Service is what you do like on Sunday morning||Service is a lifestyle|
|15.||Compares self with others||Evaluates self in line with God’s Word|
|16.||Has an “I have tried” mentality||Knows that the best is yet to come|
|17.||Easily dislocated||Deeply rooted; fruit-bearing|
|18.||Is dry||Is a well-watered garden flowing with the river of life. No dull moment|
|19.||Always partial in obedience||Strives to be complete in obedience (stretches to do the will of God)|
|20.||Is a Martha||Is a Mary|
“True worship is to be so personally and hopelessly in love with God that the idea of a transfer of affection never even remotely exists”.
Are you a worker or a worshipper?