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Being Authentic with God

Many Christians seem stuck in a worship rut – an unsatisfying routine – instead of having a vibrant friendship with God, because they force themselves to use devotional methods or worship styles that don’t fit the way God uniquely shaped them.

The best style of worship is the one that most authentically represents your love for God, based on the background and personality God gave you.

If God intentionally made us all different, why should everyone be expected to love God in the same way? As you read Christian classics and interview mature believers, you discover that Christians have used many different paths for 2,000 years to enjoy intimacy with God: being outdoors, studying, singing, reading, dancing, creating art, serving others, having solitude, enjoying fellowship, and participating in dozens of other activities.

In his book Sacred Pathways, Gary Thomas identifies nine of the ways people draw near to God:
• Naturalists are most inspired to love God out-of-doors, in natural settings.
• Sensates love God with their senses and appreciate beautiful worship services that involve their sight, taste, smell, and touch, not just their ears.
• Traditionalists draw closer to God through rituals, liturgies, symbols, and unchanging structures. Ascetics prefer to love God in solitude and simplicity.
• Activists love God through confronting evil, battling injustice, and working to make the world a better place.
• Caregivers love God by loving others and meeting their needs.
• Enthusiasts love God through celebration.
• Contemplatives love God through adoration.
• Intellectuals love God by studying with their minds.

Which one (or a combination of a few) of these paths helps you draw close to and love God in a style that is the most authentic representation of who you are.

There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to worship and friendship with God. God wants you to be yourself. “That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.”

[Excerpt from “Purpose Driven Life”, by Rick Warren]


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