Student Ministry

How Genuine Is Your Worship?

This weekend, I was challenged by a gentleman concerning the heart of the Christian, which caused me to consider my worship and its genuineness. He simply asked this question, “Is the heart of man something pure that needs be protected or is it wicked in need of transformation?” I will have to say this challenged my way of thinking, causing me to question the genuineness of my worship to God. When I worship God, am I seeking transformation in my heart or comfort in my trespasses? Growing up in a traditional black gospel-oriented Baptist church in the heart of Music City, U.S.A (Nashville, TN), I grew up thinking worship was about celebration and excitement, which it is to a certain degree, but I realized as I crossed cultural lines that this was just one perspective. Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that regardless of where you come from and how you are used to worshipping. If your heart is not changed in the midst of your worship, something is not right. We cannot kneel at the feet of the Jesus and leave the same way we came. It is not only about excitement, popular tunes or even your cultural preference. It is about the transformation of our hearts and minds. I would like to challenge every believer, to truly examine their worship and be sure you are not just going with the flow, but seeking true transformation. Every moment we spend in worship should be cherished and sacred, leaving us eternally transformed. Is your WORSHIP working? How Genuine Is Your WORSHIP? Consider Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Ray