Happy Holy Week! Let’s continue our celebration of how Jesus changes everything!
Jesus changes our worship. And our worship can change our perspective of everything. Ultimately, worship keeps our eyes on Christ and fills us with His love. We often spend so much energy on ourselves and the things around us.
We were made for worship. Yet it’s so easy to worship the things of this world and make idols of ourselves, others, and things. Yet pure worship is shifting our gaze away from our needs and desires and surrendering ourselves into His hands, full of grace and power. It’s actually in this submission that true freedom is found. Crazy, huh?!
When we engage in worship, in all that we do, we are inviting Him in to each and everything. True freedom is found in living in the truth of what He did on the cross, making the good news of Easter our main thing.
Through Holy Barre, we regularly talk about burning bright, better together. We promise that your muscles will burn, but we pray even more, the Lord ignites a fire in your soul through worship. As His fire burns within us, and His living water fills our souls, we will overflow with His goodness and burn bright for all to see. Our worship is founded on His strength and goodness, not our own.
John Chapter 4 tells of such a beautiful story when Jesus publicly revealed who He really was for the first time. He was at a well in the middle of the day and spoke with a Samaritan woman. As you can read in scripture, this conversation in and of itself was radically uncommon. Not only did Jews not talk to Samaritans or interact with them, but this woman was a social outcast because of her choices and lifestyle. But Jesus met her where she was and connected with her because of His goodness, not her own.
It was in their conversation that Jesus revealed Himself as the living water and the Son of God. He stated how those who drink from His well will never thirst but have eternal life. Rather than pursuing the wells of the world, He spoke of finding abundance and a flowing fountain through Him alone. He also stated that because of Him, we can all worship in spirit and in truth.
Jesus changes our worship by allowing us to worship in everything we do. It no longer has to be formal or in a temple or only when we have been obedient. Our worship is a matter of the heart and can occur anytime thanks to His spirit and truth.
This Holy Week, and moving forward, lets invite Him into each and every part. Let’s choose to praise Him and bring Him glory and proclaim His good news in all things. Not only do we worship Him in spirit and in truth, but scripture also states that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (We talked about this also in regards to how Jesus Changes Our Bodies.) And when we know the truth, the truth will set us free. Worship brings freedom!
This freedom is Holy Barre’s theme for 2023. You can read more HERE!
So while the idea of worshiping through a work out might seem unusual, I invite you to step in to His freedom, move your body in love, focus on the lyrics to the songs, and savor His breath in your lungs. Or turn on this playlist below as you clean your house, cook dinner, drive home, or finish up your big work project. Let’s worship Him today!