This blog is mainly about corporate worship. But corporate worship does not simply start when we walk in the church and switch on the sound system. It is often said that effective corporate worship is simply a public expression of what is happening on a private basis. If we are not living an attitude of worship, it will be difficult to lead our congregation with heartfelt authenticity. We will simply be going through the motions like a sandwich board advertiser traipsing the streets for a restaurant he never eats at. In today’s media-manipulated world it is more important than ever that our words ring true.
This all comes down to our daily relationship with Jesus Christ. Like the old saying goes, “You become what you eat.” So we become what we are spending our time and passions on. Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”