Authentic Worship with Ben Fuller

How God reminded him what worship is for

Whether it’s in our careers, relationships or hobbies, we want to be the best and impress those around us. But when it comes to our faith and our worship of God, this mentality can be dangerous. If you’ve ever felt the pressure to perform or the temptation to compare yourselves to others, contemporary Christian music artist Ben Fuller’s thoughts on this will encourage you.

In a recent interview with Family Life radio, Ben shared his struggles with performance and comparison in his own faith journey. He explained how he felt convicted during a recent performance and God spoke to his heart.

Our worship is not for the approval or admiration of others,

but for the glorification of God.

Ben said, “It’s not about anybody else but God.”

This is a message that is echoed throughout the Bible. In Colossians 3:23-24, it says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (NIV).

God sees your heart and your intentions, and He values your worship regardless of how it may appear to others. Ben said the Lord told him, “You sound perfect to me because you’re singing to me.”

Psalm 51:16-17 says, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (NIV).

Your worship should come from a place of humility and gratitude, recognizing your own imperfections and your dependence on God’s grace. The Lord asked Ben, “This is your worship to me. This is my time with you. Why are you concerned about what anybody else is thinking about you?”

When we focus too much on the opinions of others and our own performance, we can lose sight of the true purpose of worship.

Ben said, “And I was so in that moment,

like, Wow. This is not about anybody else.”

Worship is pointing your light and life toward Christ. In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (NLT).

Our focus should always be on shining the light of Christ and drawing others to Him, not on ourselves and our own accomplishments. As Ben said, “I’ve just been given a platform to be on a stage to sing about Jesus and it’s just my worship. I’m very blessed by everybody that’s there, but they’re there to witness my worship to God.”

So, how can you ensure that your worship is focused on God and not on yourself?

     1. Cultivate a heart of gratitude and humility.

Psalm 100:4-5 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” (NIV). When we approach God with a heart of thanksgiving and praise, we are reminded of His goodness and faithfulness, and our own shortcomings pale in comparison

     2. Pray for God to reveal any areas of pride or self-focus in your heart.

3. Ask God to help us redirect our focus towards Him.

Psalm 95:6-7, which says, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care” (NIV).

     4. Seek to glorify God.

Ultimately, your worship should reflect your relationship with God

and your desire to glorify Him.

Remember that we are all given different platforms and opportunities to worship God, whether it’s through music, art, writing or simply our everyday actions. However, the goal should always be to glorify God and point others towards Him, not to draw attention to ourselves.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” May we all approach our worship with a heart of gratitude, humility, and a desire to glorify God in all that we do” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT).

If you choose not to be anxious about anything, you can live a supernatural life.

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