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Winning The Worship War

Written by Bryan Nelson on Wednesday, 17 July 2013. Posted in Blogs

Winning The Worship War

There's a worship war that continues today. It's a battle waged everyday. You and I are on the front lines, whether we want to be or not. It's the war for our hearts. For our minds. For our attention.

It's a war about who gets the glory in our lives.

Take, for example, the following distractions:

  • Why won't my mom/dad let me do something?
  • What is that musician wearing (or not wearing) on stage?
  • What's for lunch?
  • I can't stand that person.
  • I can't wait for that upcoming road trip.
  • Does he/she like me?
  • I need to text them.
  • Maybe I should sell that stock option short tomorrow.
  • Why can't I lead?
  • Why is it so cold/hot in here?
  • How many other people do not like this song?
  • I wish they'd turn the volume up/down.
  • Maybe I should switch careers.
  • I'm really tired from my last chemo round.
  • That was a terrible musical transition.
  • How am I going to make ends meet this week?

Each distraction, whether big or small (legitimate or not), point to a full-scale assault for our attention. It's waged in the battlefield of our hearts and minds. It's a fight for our affection.

In the end, we'll end up "giving value" (worship) to something/someone. Who will it be? Will the glory and attention go to God? Or will it be one of the many things this world offers to distract us with?

God deserves our attention. Bottom line, He wants our attention. He wants us to fight this war. He wants every decision to be made by a life that has been transformed by the awe of God's presence. To give in to a distraction means to surrender our worship to something else.

Remember the story of Mary and Martha in the Bible? Martha was so distracted with her serving duties, she didn't give Jesus her attention. The story was different for Martha's sister, Mary. Mary gave her undivided attention to Jesus. Mary sat at Jesus' feet, listening to His teaching. Martha was ticked off that Mary wasn't giving her attention to other things. That's usually how distracted people get. Distracted people become unnerved with others around them that aren't distracted by the same things.

Mary had won the worship war in her heart. Martha surrendered to the distraction of her surroundings.

Read about Mary and Martha here:
https://www.youversion.com/bible/59/luk.10.38-42.esv

Maybe you are really focused on something this week. Stop. Listen. God deserves more attention than that one thing. Give Him the attention He deserves. Sit at His feet. Spend time learning from Him. Don't be distracted by anything or anyone else.

Keep fighting. Never surrender.

There's a war for your attention.

Maybe even stop gazing at the screen.

Decide right now to turn your eyes on Jesus. And the things of this world will grow dim.

Take, for example, the following distractions:

  • Why won’t my mom/dad let me do something?
  • What is that musician wearing (or not wearing) on stage?
  • What’s for lunch?
  • I can’t stand that person.
  • I can’t wait for that upcoming road trip.
  • Does he/she like me?
  • I need to text them.
  • Maybe I should sell that stock option short tomorrow.
  • Why can’t I lead?
  • Why is it so cold/hot in here?
  • How many other people do not like this song?
  • I wish they’d turn the volume up/down.
  • Maybe I should switch careers.
  • I’m really tired from my last chemo round.
  • That was a terrible musical transition.
  • How am I going to make ends meet this week?
- See more at: http://bryanknelson.com/2013/07/15/winning-the-worship-war/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.1wUt6CUA.dpuf

Take, for example, the following distractions:

  • Why won’t my mom/dad let me do something?
  • What is that musician wearing (or not wearing) on stage?
  • What’s for lunch?
  • I can’t stand that person.
  • I can’t wait for that upcoming road trip.
  • Does he/she like me?
  • I need to text them.
  • Maybe I should sell that stock option short tomorrow.
  • Why can’t I lead?
  • Why is it so cold/hot in here?
  • How many other people do not like this song?
  • I wish they’d turn the volume up/down.
  • Maybe I should switch careers.
  • I’m really tired from my last chemo round.
  • That was a terrible musical transition.
  • How am I going to make ends meet this week?
- See more at: http://bryanknelson.com/2013/07/15/winning-the-worship-war/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.1wUt6CUA.dpuf

About the Author

Bryan Nelson

Bryan Nelson

Bryan is the Worship Arts Pastor at Topeka Bible Church in Topeka, Kansas. Born in Waukesha, WI, his roots are in Kansas. He began following Jesus when he was young - but didn't give his entire life to God until his high school years. After college, he spent ten years on staff at a church in Pennsylvania until April 2007 when Bryan and his family moved to Topeka to join the team at TBC.

Bryan also is the creator of MyMusicWriter.com, a custom music writing service for worship leaders, 2012 Editors Pick by Worship Leader Magazine, networking with 1,700 worship leaders.

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