Yay! We are officially done with 1/5 of our journey! You must know, I don’t care about views for this ‘journey to purpose’ series. I make it a point not to check them. See, the road to identifying one’s purpose cannot be taken at a prescribed time. It’s taken when the individual is ready. My goal is exceeded is one person, through my posts is able to identify his/ her God given purpose in life. For those of you that are following, I hope you are learning and growing just as much as I am. If you would like to take this journey later, the posts are going to be up forever… and free of charge, so take it when you’re ready. I love you, and I’m praying God gives me the grace to make that love perfect in Him so that my life will be a mirror of what God intends for us, and for me to be an example of what following Christ in our perverse times looks like.
You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created – Revelation 4:11
You and I were planned for God’s pleasure. The first purpose of our life is to bring enjoyment to God. As I begin to fully grasp this idea, that me, sinner me, Oreofe, was created me so much in His image, and to pleasure his senses, I find myself feeling like the most important human, highly significant and so valued by the creator. This internal feeling is portrayed to you my friends as confidence. It doesn’t come from anything I am/do externally; it comes from everything I am in Christ, internally.
Bringing pleasure to God is called “worship” Psalm 147:11 says “The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love.” Worship is as natural as eating. If we fail to worship God, we end up worshipping something else, maybe ourselves. Worship is a lifestyle… it’s more than whatever you’ve been taught in your religious sects, it’s a direct connection with God that is felt every minute of our lives.
Worship is far more than music: Music was first mentioned in the bible in Genesis 4:21, but we remember God said Adam worshipped Him before them. Also, the style of music doesn’t matter in worship: contemporary, urban, RnB, rap, jazz, if we offer this to God in Spirit and in truth, it’s an act of worship. I personally prefer slower songs or hymns to worship through reflection, but I will break my moves with a good Yoruba fast paced song too – that’s all worship. The fact we prefer one method to another, does not mean God prefer one too.
Worship is not for your benefit: Our goal in worship is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves. In Matthew 15:8-9, God complains, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” Our worship has to be pure. At we do externally doesn’t matter. In worship, our heart is the judge.
Worship is not part if your life; it is your life: Every activity can be worship when we do it for the praise, glory and pleasure of God. Yes, even sex – so long as it’s in the covenant of marriage is an act of worship. I Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I’m also learning how practical it is to do everything to the glory of God. Rick explains that the secret to a lifestyle of worship is doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus. Your boring or fast paced job becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of His presence. When you fall in love with someone, you think of him or her constantly. You may be miles and miles apart, but you’re abiding in their love… It’s the same way with Jesus. Real worship is when we fall in love with our Redeemer.
Food for thought: What common task could I start doing as if I was doing it directly for Jesus?