Worship Is An Offering, Not a Production

“Music should be an offering of worship, but is not meant to “produce” worship. Don’t expect music to do what only the Gospel and the word of God are meant to do by His Spirit.”
– Bob Kauflin

I posted these two quotes on Facebook Monday but I wanted to dig just a tad deeper into what they mean to me. By saying worship should be an offering of worship and not meant to produce worship is saying that worship should be a full-time position we should be in. Waiting till the music moves us is the having the wrong motive for worship. This is highly exemplified on Sunday mornings when worship is the last thing on someone’s heart and mind until the band cranks up. Then we go from any other position to worship.

Worship can not be turned on like a faucet. We have to keep a heart of worship at all times. I know this is hard sometimes when life gets in the way. This is not to say worship can not spur us to worship. Typically when we are spurred,we are already in the mode. But if we have to tune out life and allow the music to take us into worship, we are not exemplifying a life of worship.

The Gospel and the Word should be on our hearts and lips at all times, not just when we begin to sing. We shouldn’t allow the worship leader to move us into the realm of worship. The spirit should always be behooving us to have a heart of worship, even when music is not readily available. Music in and of itself is not worship. Our heart’s response to who God is and what He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives is worship. Music is a tool we use to respond to God.


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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