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March 15, 2022
"Your gifts are no longer something you keep for yourself or is ordinary, but they are now set apart and required to be used to serve God and others."
Should Gospel Artist Sing with Non-Gospel Artist?
Instead of answering the question, how about we let you come to that conclusion by breaking down what worship really is.
Worship is a form of consecration. Consecrate means to make yourself holy or to dedicate yourself to a higher purpose, being set apart for a higher purpose, and purifying yourself before the Lord. It is putting yourself in a position to be in perfect connection with God.
Worship is being devoted to God and acknowledging that you are loyal to God only. It is being faithful to what God wants, needs, and desires.
Worship is valuing God above everything. It is recognizing that God is above all things like your emotions, your agenda, attitude, understanding, situation, yourself, and more.
Worship is showing your deep fondness, love, reverence, and adoration for God. It is a love act toward God, demonstrating that you only want God, and that He is the greatest love in your life.
The question is, when you worship or sing publicly, is it because you have talent and you want to display that, or is it dedicated to God as a form of worship?
The Gift of Worship
Your natural gifts or talents are what you were born with. There was nothing you needed to do to acquire them, it was given to you for purpose. Everything that makes you who you are was designed by God – even your gifts. And when you make the decision to use your gifts for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, that gift is make holy and is dedicate to His higher purpose (His divine will).
Your gifts are no longer something you keep for yourself or ordinary, but they are now consecrated (set apart) and required to be used to serve God. And when your gift is used for reasons other than reverencing God; you dishonor it.
True worship involves prostrating yourself and being obedient to God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not follow what the public was doing because it went against their relationship with God. Unlike everyone else these three men did not worship images created by men but worship the God of creation. The problem was, anyone who did not bow down and worship the image when the horn was blown, would be murdered. During one of these worship ceremonies the horn was blown, and the 3 men did not bow. Some people saw their resistance and reported to the king what they saw. The king gave them another chance to bow down and worship the idol, but the men refused. The king became so angry because of their defiance that he had a fiery furnace and made the fire in the furnace hotter than its normal temperature. Then on command the boys were bound by their hands and feet and thrown into the fire, but something unusual happened, instead of instantly burning up the men lived. It baffled all those who witnessed the event. By them refusing to not 'follow the crowd' (do what everyone else was doing) caused God to appear where they were and prevented them from dying by fire ( Daniel Chapter 3 ). Obedience in worship is not only when we get down on our knees but is also what we are willing to do for God. A great example of this is when God ask Abraham to sacrifice his only son in Genesis 22:5-14.
One thing you'll notice about God, and that is, He is the greatest leader. He will never ask us to do something He hasn’t done Himself ( see John 3:16 ). We should follow this example of Abraham and God and understand that the life we now live is for Christ Jesus ( Galatians 2:20 ). It is possible to be a disobedient worshipper. Once God gives you a gift it is not taken away. The gifts that God gives you will always work because they are irrevocable ( Romans 11:29 ). Therefore, it is possible to be a great singer, draw a massive crowd, and still be in disobedience to God.
These people honor me with their
lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their
teachings are merely human rules
Worship is about the position of your heart, so when you worship God in singing, is it for God, people, or fame?
The Lord says: “These people come
near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based
on merely human rules
they have been taught.
Now that you know what worship is, would you join with someone who doesn't know what true worship is, has not consecrated themselves, or does not have deep respect for God? Someone who’s lifestyle is dishonoring and does not represent God. And are you worshiping with someone who may not understand that gifts come from God and should be given back to God as a sacrifice?
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and
sisters, in view of God’s mercy,
to offer your bodies as a living
sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—
this is your true and proper worship – Romans 12:1
When you formed a relationship with God you made the choice to worship God and serve Him, not your wants or desires ( Luke 4:8 ). You made a commitment to present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – giving yourself away so God can use you.
Our entire being and members (arms, legs, mouth, organs, etc.) is God’s temple where God lives, and is expected to be used to honor Him ( 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ). You are not your own or alone, so whatever you do, do everything giving thanks to God and acknowledging His presence is within you (Colossians 3:17, Exodus 33:14, Psalm 139:7 ).
God is a Spirt and anyone that worships Him must worship in spirit and truth ( John 4:24 ).
Your worship should be real, truthful, and honest. It must be a time whether on stage or in private where you openly and proudly connect your inner man (spirit) with God's Spirit (that's living within) and honor Him.
"Sing praises to the Lord, for
he has done glorious things;
let this be made known
in all the earth" - Isaiah 12:5.
Your lips were intended to be an offering made as an act of thanksgiving, not an insincere expression of admiration ( Hebrews 13:15, Isaiah 57:19 ). Although we may never know the full magnitude of His holiness, we do know that He is sacred. He is to be revered, held in high regard, and not mingled or associated with anything that is unholy. His name is Holy, and it must not be defiled.
Knowing this... will you worship with just anyone?
There is no need to compromise your gifts or follow other people when it comes to God. When it comes to our success, you don't need to follow the patterns of the world because your success is in your obedience to God ( Romans 12:2, Joshua 1:8 ). God is the one that will instruct you and guide you along the best paths for your life and watch over your progress ( Psalm 32:8 ). Your life plan has success imbedded in it ( Philippians 2:13, Jeremiah 29:11 ).
God will always want better and have greater available for you than you would for yourself. We have limitations, He doesn’t and what He wants for you is beyond what this world can offer or what we can do or imagine for ourselves ( Isaiah 55:8-9 ).
Give to the Lord the glory due to
his name; worship the Lord in
the splendor of holiness - Psalm 29:2.
When you spend time in His presence you will experience outpourings of His love in songs, writings, and more. It will be a continual melody showing your deep love for God who deeply loved you first. So be careful with who you connect with - because it may cause you to dishonor God.
Lord prepare me
To be a sanctuary
Pure and holy
Tried and true
And with thanksgiving
I'll be a living
Sanctuary, oh for You
Song By: Cogic Mass Choir