FROM A MESSAGE GIVEN AT SEACOAST CHURCH NOVEMBER 18. 2017
I worship because it is my job.
it is my job.......but it is also your job.
I worship because it was what I was created to do ....and what you were created to do.
Long before I was a part of the worship ministry at Seacoast in a staff capacity, I knew worship was going to be a foundational part of my life. I remember in the early 90s attending a worship conference where several people that I did not know began to pray over me and call things out in my life that were only spoken between me and the Lord. As I heard words like “leader” and “Pastor” and “anointing for worship” being prayed over me - It caused a courage to rise up in me to actually live out what I already knew in my heart that I was created to do.
Although I do sense His joy when I am leading worship and singing, I also have learned to sense His presence as I have worshipped in other ways that have nothing to do with songs or lyrics or this platform: things like changing my babies diapers, doing a load of laundry, teaching in a first grade classroom, the day to day whatever is in my hand moments. I’ve been on a little journey learning that it’s all worship - and if I let Him use it - all the normal can express gratitude for a life He’s given me as I give it back to him.
I’m going to take you to the beginning at the creation account to a passage in Genesis that helped me understand worship off the platform and understand why I know We are all created to worship.
Genesis 2:7 “one day the Eternal God scooped dirt out of the ground, sculpted it into the shape we call human, breathed the breath that gives life into the nostrils of the human, and the human became a living soul.” Every day since that moment, man has been breathing back to God the breath He breathed in us. Our very living is meant to be an act of worship.
We sing a song at Seacoast where the chorus says, “it’s your breath in our lungs, so - we pour our our praise to you only”. The key word there is that tiny word “So”. It means we have to respond.
God breathed into us - so - our response is spending all the breaths of our lives after the first breathing back to the one who Created it.
Romans 12:1 in the message puts it like this “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” There is no greater way we can glorify the Lord (which is just a fancy way to say make bigger) than to do the very thing he created us to do - worship him with our lives. In doing so - we’re showing a world that needs him desperately what he looks like when we choose to obey him in the way we were created - to worship. To breathe back.
1 Cor 12 Paul talks about how the physical body works and how that compares to us as believers. That just as a physical body needs and eye and a hand an ear and it can’t be a body full of elbows only, the body of Christ also needs all the parts (that’s us) to fulfill God’s kingdom here on earth. v 18 reads “This is where God comes in. God has meticulously put this body together; He places each part to perform the exact function He wanted”.
There are 8 billion people on earth. And He sees your heart 8 billion different ways. Your specific arrangement of gifts+talents+expression of them (not to mention your DNA) is completely unique to you on the planet at this time. No one can worship and make God bigger in the world like YOU can! And no one can worship and make God bigger in the world FOR you! only You can worship God the way You can.
According to V. 18, if you don’t use those gifts that He’s given you to glorify Him, it’s as if there is a “gap” in the kingdom where those gifts should be expressed.
It’s His breath in MY lungs and it’s my job to breathe it back to him, in only the way I can.
Backing up, v7 says “each believer has received a gift that manifests the Spirits power and presence. That gift is given for the good of the whole community.”
It’s actually our responsibility as well as a Kingdom NEED for us to operate and utilize all our gifts for the Kingdom to benefit not me, but the rest of the Kingdom - each other.
So - if that’s the case, we have absolutely no need to compare ourselves to anyone! Isn’t that incredible?! All we have to do is breathe our our lives back as worship in only the way we can and have been created to! It’s the ultimate “you be you” in the best way possible!
So practically what does that look like? In your work - you are created to worship with each creative idea or plan. Students - you are created to worship as you study and learn. Parents - you are created to worship as you guide your children and family. Seacoast - you were created to worship right here when we gather with a holy roar that shows the world we still have breath.
Let’s join those who for thousands of years have breathed back their lives - seen and unseen - in grateful response to their creator - and fulfill our purpose to worship. It’s His breath in our lungs - so how are you going to breathe it back?
Tara is Greg's girl, mom to two sons of thunder, a hunger fighter, big dreamer and worship pastor at seacoast church.