Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Worship goes way beyond the songs we sing and the music we play. Someone once said that “You become more and more like the thing you worship, the more you worship it”. I read a tweet recently that said “You know you’ve worshipped God when you walk away changed”.
The old hymn goes: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, then the things of the earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
A divine exchange
There is something about worship that nothing else can do, that works a change in us whenever we give ourselves over it wholeheartedly. In exchange for the trust, devotion, honesty and dependence that we give to God in worship, He does something in us that makes us a little more like Him, that draws out the Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life that was birthed in us when we were saved.
It is that exchange that we are ministers of whenever we go out into our world serving God’s people, and serving God by making a way for Him to move in and amongst His people, to bring healing and peace, salvation and purpose, surrender and change. When we take our eyes off Jesus, we start to think that it is us – our skill, our dedication, our time – that has brought these great things. We are His instruments, as long as we keep our eyes turned fully onto Him, and make all that we do our offering of worship.
All glory to God, who is able!