To move into the deeper life in the Spirit we have to understand that the worship experience is much more than singing and music, as important as those are.
Worship is sacrifice. Sacrifice of our entire existence. Everything we are.
It helps to have a healthy view of our sinful brokenness before God. As we realize our poverty of spirit before the Lord and the truth that we literally have nothing to offer and God offers us everything in return, it becomes a no-brainer to sacrifice our ashes for His beauty. Our sorrow for His joy. Our shame for His honor.
The hard part for most of us is realizing we are poor, wretched and blind without the Lord. Once we come to terms with that, sacrifice of ourselves on the altar is the most reasonable thing we could do.
-Kyle Patterson is Editor of UNITE. Follow us on Twitter.