God is non-fiction — worship Him & see

Worship isn’t
The posture we take
Or the noise we make
It’s when we forsake
Our focus on self
And allow God to rake
Our heart with His presence
And make us wide awake
To His reality.

You open your heart
In honest and humble
Adoration of God
Becomes a place
Of worship.

When you’re
Continually aware
Of the presence of Jesus
Honest heart-felt worship
Happens anywhere
And everywhere!

The most important true or false question is whether I am a “true worshipper” like Jesus talked about or a false worshipper. To honor God with your words (or church attendance) while having your heart closed to Him falls far short of true worship.

Worship is organized and in proper order when it’s led by God’s Spirit, not when it’s directed or controlled by a human leader. When people encounter Spirit-led worship and a group of people all prophesying, the Bible says: “The secrets of their heart are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!'” Have you encountered that kind of worship “in Spirit and in truth”?

We should worship God to please Him, not to please ourselves. To worship anything or anyone other than God is idolatry. The Bible says that to worship God “acceptably” requires that we be thankful and worship “with reverence and awe.” (Hebrews 12:28.) True worship comes by embracing our status as sinners who desperately need God’s mercy and grace, not by denying it.

Open-hearted worship and passionate prayer are not superstitions. They are direct links to the only real Superpower. True worship opens the heart to experience God’s love. God is non-fiction!

The more we realize how sinful we are, the more we are overwhelmed and undone by the awareness of God’s love for us. Worship is a heart enraptured in the awareness of the presence and love of the living God.

To disobey Jesus’ command to worship “in spirit and in truth” (with a sincere and honest heart) is to commit the sin of hypocrisy. Worship is to sincerely pour out your heart in grateful praise and adoration to the living God. “O come let us adore Him!”

Everybody worships something. Observing their lifestyle will tell you what it is. The more you worship and adore God with an open and sincere heart, the greater your freedom from the dominion of self.

If you don’t like ongoing, passionate worship, you probably won’t like Heaven. I believe that a heart abandoned to worship is closer to God than a mind listening to a theological lecture. It’s time for non-fiction (true) worship!

God is looking for simple loving interaction with people, not for religious rituals or passive obligatory church attendance. Sermons rarely fill a human heart with an overwhelming desire to daily follow and obey the risen Jesus. Often what we call church is a crowd of bored people who would secretly rather be doing something else. Christian leaders who promote their own name or organization more than the name of Jesus, will likely mislead you.

Christianity isn’t
A Sunday morning
It’s an everyday

No theological book
Can match the power
Of one clear look
At the alive Jesus.

God has a remedy
For human misery,
Yet too often I don’t see
That the remedy
Is letting Christ
Freely live in me.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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4 Responses to God is non-fiction — worship Him & see

  1. Grammatteus says:

    I wholeheartedly concur, except for the use of the word ‘unlovable’. I have come to recognise that if we are made in the image of God, we cannot be unlovable. Imperfect, yes, but we are loved by our Father from our creation to the end.

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