Just to fill you in, from now on every tuesday is gif day. We will be posting a gif each week with a little inspiration or thought each week, just like the verse of the week, only moving and more hipster ;)
So back to the spiritual bit, as you will probably notice, this forge mainly consists of contemporary christian music and contemporary christian design, mainly done by myself and others in the forge team. What you may not know is that me and the forge team are all members of the worship team at Life Church in bradford which is where we all met and came up with this, the forge movement, aiming to inspire young christians. Being a worship leader in church is an amazing gift from God, it gives me so much joy seeing young people worshiping God heart abandoned on their knees, but then the question comes, is that all there is to worship? does it start on a sunday morning when the first chord is played until the last chord is rung out? Ultimately the answer is no, and I am sure you know this already, but If Jesus would give up his life for us so we can live free and live full we should give up our life for him in worship. But practically what does that mean? and just so you know it doesn’t mean getting all legalistic and living your life nose in the bible, speaking christian babble 24/7 and leaving behind everything you love. And if your pastoral team are making you believe that then you need to question what they tell you. Look at the example of Jesus, He had an ordinary childhood and learnt his trade as a carpenter and worked as one until he was 30. Yes he spent time in church, but he was not a preacher or a teacher or a pastor or a worship leader at all until he reached 30! we need to stop having this belief that we need to be some holy spiritual person when it isn’t necessary, god is holy, the holy spirit is holy and that makes us holy, we don’t need to act any different or put on a face, everything we do is worship to God, when we laugh when we cry, as long as we are in a relationship with God and have accepted him all of our activities are a form of worship. God has given us gifting and when we use them we glorify him, we were made for that purpose. So don’t feel guilty about anything that isn’t wrong. Im not saying that you should go out and do whatever you like and God will be blessed through it, but what I am saying is that some of the things that you may have been told are bad for you are not. Have a think about it and measure it up next to this verse… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. If you like rap, is there anything wrong with that? no. Is there anything wrong with the lyrics in the rap you listen to? If so, find some better music for you, but most importantly DONT FEEL GUILTY! God loves to see you happy and when you are having fun God is having fun! If you live your life by that check list you can live a happy and wholesome life while having an absolute blast!
Hope this has been helpful, Same time next week!