The Truth About Passionate Worship

The Dangers of Professionalism

I don’t have a problem with being a professional. Professionalism is a powerful standard to strive for.

But our hunger for Jesus shouldn’t be professional, tamed, civilized. It needs to run wild. It needs to burn. It needs to spread.

Oftentimes, the more professional we get, the less desperate we become. We start to adopt the world’s values and crave its attention. Rather than living our lives to magnify the greatness of Jesus, we subtly crave a slice of that pie.

Our hearts crave the glory that belongs to One name.

But here’s the goal: We want to be professional in our craft, yet like a child in worship.

But a blog post like this can be mistaken for sensationalism. Or emotional rubbish.

The wild, abandoned, free worship I’m talking about isn’t just relegated to stages, songs, services and church buildings. It’s a way of seeing the world—seeing your life through the lens of worship.

Defining Passionate Worship

This Scripture is one of the most powerful worship verses in the Bible, and it’s not referring to music or passionate singing:

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:11).

Worship.

How would you define it?

According to this verse?

  • Consistent zeal
  • Spiritual fervor
  • Joy
  • Hope
  • Patient in affliction
  • Faithful in prayer
  • Giving to the needy
  • Being hospitable

By all means, light up your local church stage with your zeal, passion and fire for God. But balance that passion with this: Your private passion must back it up.

How you maintain zeal in a complacent society is a reflection of your worship.

Serving God is a reflection of your worship.

Giving is a reflection of your worship.

Being hospitable is a reflection of your worship.

How passionately you sing at a worship concert doesn’t mean much if you aren’t stoking the flames of worship on Monday morning.

Believe me, I’m all for passionate, loud singing at a concert. But let that passion find expression where you live every day.

Let’s labor for a more robust worship. Worship that spreads into every fiber of our being, every moment of our day and every appointment on our calendar.  

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David Santistevan
David is a Worship Pastor at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, PA.