Worshipping from Intimacy
This week we’re looking at worshipping from intimacy. I’ve mentioned this before that at the core of worship is our hearts. Our hearts have everything to do with worship. Jesus says in Matthew 5:8:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
I want to challenge that in order to worship in Spirit and in Truth, which is what Jesus tells us to do in John 4:24. You can’t worship in spirit and in truth until you let truth into every area of your heart. This means that no part of your heart can be hidden. Let every area of your heart be free! Let’s look at Luke 10:38-42:
“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Notice something here- Martha was not doing anything wrong. She was trying to honor Jesus, but her heart was worried and troubled. In your day to day life are you running around worried or are you restful? Mary found the one thing that was needed at that moment. She knew how to rest, listen, and worship. Understand that doing things is good but it must come from a place of rest. You can’t look at one or the other, both Martha and Mary are important. Resting and hearing inspires us to do things for Him. To hear is better than to do the right thing.
Obedience. That’s the word. It’s about hearing and listening. It’s not rules, it’s about relationship. It’s not how well you do things, how well you perform. God desires that we be in a place of resting and receiving. Hearing without receiving produces no fruit. What does this mean? It’s not about what you can give to God, it’s about what He can give to you. If you want to give learn, first learn to be loved by Him. Things happen when you hear His voice. Hearing God’s voice is a whole topic altogether, but just take Mary’s example. To hear His voice, simply sit at His feet, stop what you’re doing and be attentive. Learn to hear His voice and worship from a place of intimacy. Everything that we do will come as an overflow of that.