Debunk the myth that worship is a religious activity. Worship is really about a relationship, not a religion. If you worship God out of a sense of religious duty, trying to earn favor with Him by performing religious rituals, you’ll eventually fail to meet the standards you’re trying to reach and be crushed by shame, guilt, and the pressure of feeling obligated to do what you lack the power to do on your own. But if you approach worship as a way to strengthen your relationship with God, you’ll connect with Him in ways that will empower you to become the person He wants you to become, and you’ll feel loved and free rather than guilty and pressured. When you have a right relationship with God, you’ll be motivated to do what’s right out of love, not out of obligation. Enjoying a close relationship with God will inspire you to do what He calls you to do because you want to, not because you have to do so – and your loving, faithful response to God means that you’re truly worshipping Him.

Bring something of value to your worship. It pleases God when you offer Him something of value as part of worshipping Him. Bring God the gift of yourself by spending time with Him simply to get to know Him better and develop a closer bond with Him. Offer God your talents and skills by using them to serve others through the ways in which God leads you. Entrust your family and friends to God by sharing your faith with them, praying for them, and inviting them to church with you. When you bring something valuable to God, you’re worshipping Him by honoring Him.

Adapted from Revolve: A New Way to See Worship, copyright 2011 by Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley, with Jennifer Dykes Henson. Published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.bakerpublishinggroup.com.
Nelson Searcy served as the director of The Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church before starting The Journey Church of the City in New York City in 2002. He and his 2,000-member church appear routinely on lists such as The 50 Most Influential Churches and The 25 Most Innovative Leaders. The Journey is a multi-site church with locations across New York City (http://www.journeymetro.com/) and Boca Raton, Florida (http://bocajourney.com/). His newsletter for pastors and church leaders, Church Leader Insights, now reaches more than 80,000 subscribers and continues to grow by hundreds each month. Searcy lives in New York City.
Jason Hatley is the pastor of worship arts at The Journey Church and has been a worship leader since 1996. Founder of www.WorshipLeaderInsights.com, Jason has spoken at the Willow Creek Arts Conference and The Purpose Driven Worship Conference, as well as seminars around the country. Currently, Jason serves at The Journey's newest location in Boca Raton, Florida.
Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Jennifer also worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

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