One of FBC Mexico’s core values is Lifestyle Worship. It reads like this:  “We value lifestyle worship that exalts Christ in spirit and truth that offers our complete lives in joyful adoration and service to God.” So, how do we apply this value to our personal lives? Jeff and Ben will have some thoughts on this as well, but here are some of mine.

The first thing we need to understand is that worship and music are NOT synonymous. In the church, we have begun to believe that they are the same. No. We can worship through music, but there are also many other ways to worship. What is worship? Worship is literally the act of giving worth and glory to something. So, we can worship literally anything. Some people worship money.  Some people worship themselves. Some people worship the past. Some people worship their spouse. Here are some things to keep in mind about lifestyle worship.

Everyone worships something…always.

All the time. Everyone is always worshipping. What’s the object of your worship? Have you been giving more glory to the music style than to the God of which our music speaks? Have you been placing your money higher on your priority list than the God that gave it to you? So what’s at the forefront of your life? What are you striving to accomplish? Are you trying to be more like Christ, or more like the idols you’ve built for yourself?

 Lifestyle Worship is God-centered, therefore it is other-centered.

In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus is asked the question “what is the greatest commandment?” Jesus gave two: “Love the Lord God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” There’s no room in there for you. It’s all about God, and God is all about love towards others.  True lifestyle worship requires that you live for God and for others by living an example of true selflessness.

Lifestyle Worship is constant.

Have you ever heard “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle?” Everyone that’s gone on a diet will tell you that they break it eventually. But if you make it your lifestyle, you will hold to it. Lifestyle worship doesn’t take a break.

It doesn’t say “I’ve done enough lately, it’s time to focus on myself.” It doesn’t say “in order to serve others more efficiently, I must serve my own desires for a while.” This doesn’t mean to stop taking care of yourself. Everybody needs a vacation. Everybody needs sleep and food. It just means that you don’t get to be selfish.

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