Worship is necessary for spiritual life. I'm not saying it is a requirement to be saved or born of the Spirit. In Acts 16:31, the jailor cries out to Paul and Silas asking, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They answered, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved and your household." That's all it takes. Howard Hendricks used to say salvation was "Jesus + nothing". True belief requires our whole self to receive all that Christ is. Only we try to differentiate between things like belief, faith, obedience, discipleship, and worship. It is all the same thing to God (at least I believe it is).

So many believers are missing the opportunity for real worship together as a community. We need worship like water in the desert. Without it, our desire and passion to be with the Lord will wither and fade. It will be replaced with law and duty rather than devotion. Many believers don't even know what they are missing. When we experience worship where God's Spirit is moving, we have two choices. We can use our religion to explain it away and stand at a distance or we can enter in and drink of the living water. Worship changes everything. Worship lifts us up into God's presence and renews our spirit.

Don't miss out on worship. Find time to be alone with God and just be in his presence. Find other believers and come together to listen to some worship music, share your heart, and just be in God's presence for a little while. It matters!

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