Yes….Worship is a gift. The question is, who’s playing the roles of giver and receiver?
As I meditated on the question above, I began to wonder, “how is worship a gift?” Almost instantly, I remembered back to a day that my sister and I were on our way home, and I had an urge to go by Old Navy, one of our favorite stores. You’re probably wondering where I am going with this, but stick with me…
My brother was not with us for this voyage, but knowing him, he would have loved to come along. So as I was picking out different things for myself, I began to pick out things that he would like as well. I got him a few things, and when I brought them home he lit up. You honestly would’ve thought that Superman had shown up with an extra cape and flying powers for him. He loved everything I got him and treasured it even more so because it came from me. The joy I got from giving him those things was priceless.
The Giver and Receiver
You can never put a price on giving, and worship should have the same priceless experience for us. Unfortunately, our desires and thought processes always come down to thinking of ourselves and taking care of “numero uno.” This is the selfish, sinful nature within us. Our natural tendencies make it foreign for us to want to give. You don’t have to teach a child to be selfish. But over time, as the Holy Spirit works in us and changes us from the inside out, we find that it is so much more satisfying to give than to receive. When it comes to worship, who is the giver and who is the receiver?
You see…I had previously thought that “gifts” were things we receive from God because we have nothing to bring to the table in comparison to Him. But worship is such a beautiful mystery! It’s something that is not tangible; it is something that is priceless to the Lord. Worship is a reflection of your heart, and I think that’s why the Lord treasures it so much. He wants your heart, your passions, your attention, your mind, your time, and the list goes on. All of these things add up to WORSHIP!
All this to say, the Lord revealed that when it comes to worship, we are the givers, and He is the receiver. Worship is a gift… TO THE LORD! Paul quotes Jesus in Acts saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35 ESV). I can honestly say that I have always experienced more joy in blessing someone and giving a gift than I ever have in receiving something. I enjoy getting gifts as much as the next guy, but there’s something so fulfilling in loving and serving someone beside yourself. That’s when we are most like Christ, Who is the ultimate gift to us.
Now I want to challenge you with this question, what is the quality of your gift to the Lord? How many times do we say, “It’s the thought that counts?” Do you realize that usually means that you DIDN’T give much thought to it, and therefore the quality is minimalistic to none? When it comes to your worship, and now that you know it is your gift to the Lord, think of the quality of the gift God gave to you in His Son. How could we not give our all in worship after God gave His all for us on the cross? This should be the motivation for giving the Lord the best gift of worship, all the time.
I pray this challenged and encouraged you to give a gift of wholehearted worship to our God and Savior!
God Bless You!
Recommended Track of the Week: “Worthy of It All” by David Brymer