Archive for May, 2012

What Is Worship?

Posted: May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

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How would you define worship? What is it about our church gatherings on Sunday mornings called worship? Do we worship God any other time? How? Why? I believe that if we take a close look at Scripture, the text reveals to us what the answers to these very important questions are. Worship, in its most basic sense is ascribing worth to something. For example, when we say that a person worships his new sports car as we notice how much care that person takes in washing it, waxing it, never driving it in the winter. etc. We say that person worships his car because he values it. He does not want anything to damage it or harm it. He is ascribing high value to it. God commands us to worship Him and Him alone. We are to set no idols before Him. An idol is basically something that we replace God with as our number one priority.

So, how does what we do on Sunday morning fit into this? It fits into this chiefly by our attitudes. When we go to church our hearts and our minds should be cleared from all of our distractions of our lives. We should prepare our hearts to enter in the house of God fully yearning and excited to meet our God. We should plan to leave church different than when we entered in as we are exposed to God and His Word. As we are submissive to Him and we listen attentively to His Word as it is preached, we are focusing on His Truths and seeking God’s will to reveal to us anything that needs to change in our life. Music is often thought of as “worship.” Although music is indeed a necessary part of worship, it isn’t all that it includes. Musical worship is joining our hearts together lifting our voices and our instruments to praise and glorify the Lord, singing God-centered, God-focused words of praise which honor Him and lift Him up.

But, this shouldn’t just occur on Sunday mornings. Am I saying that we should enjoin the leaders of our churches and demand that they begin to have services 7 days a week? No. What I am saying is that our worship isn’t reserved to a place. God desires and deserves our worship every moment of every day. How is this possible. Think about it for a moment. We can worship God in every decision that we make. As we seek to honor and glorify Him in those decisions, we are worshiping Him. We honor Him by putting Him first in our lives over ourselves or what may be more comfortable.

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Loving the World

Posted: May 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

1 John 2:15: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Have you ever taken an honest evaluation of how much you love the world? Notice that I did not say “if” you loved the world? We all love the world to a certain extent. John was challenging us in this passage of Scripture that the goal we need to have before us is that of a singular focus on loving the Father. That love should encompass every ounce of us to the effect that their is absolutely no room for such petty desire this temporal world has to offer. What is so interesting when we begin to contemplate this is that God has some very creative ways to give us a divine distaste for the things of the world. He begins to temper our spiritual taste buds to desire finer spiritual fare; eternal nourishment. What we need to constantly reflect on is this. Earth is not our eternal destination. The things of this earth are not eternal. One day—all that you see around you will be consumed. I was reminded of a very sobering fact in a book I was reading. We are so caught up in the race of significance that there is one humbling statistic we fail to bring to mind. In 50 or so years, no one will probably remember you. That’s right. In a generation or two, everyone who ever knew you will be dead. How does that make you feel? Honestly? Good? Bad? Insecure? Why do you feel the way you do? Your assessment will give you some crystal clear feedback as to where your true treasure is. May our heart be ever drawn so close to God that we have a proper perspective on the stuff He decides to bless us here on earth with. May they not become a time-consuming, resource-robbing distraction that take our focus off of Him.

Each Day

Posted: May 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

Often we can get a little ahead of ourselves. What I mean is that we often get really caught up in our long-term goals. So much so that we often lose sight of what God is doing in our lives at this very moment. Now please, don’t get me wrong. I am a staunch advocate of developing long-term goals. Yet, I wonder how pleasing it is to the Lord when we seemingly “use” the present day as a mere stepping stone to achieve those future goals? Do we see the beauty that God is doing in the here and now? I really believe that each day that the Lord has given to us has something in which He desires to teach us.

I was reminded of this once again during our Adult Bible Fellowship this past Sunday. We are studying the godly life of Joseph. We were looking at Genesis 39 and his response to the advances of Potiphar’s wife. Yet, we focused on Joseph’s life prior to that event–how he advanced in the ranks…being “stuck” in places he didn’t necessarily want to be in, yet continued to honor God and testify to His Name. He was noticed for his work ethic and his desire to please God no matter what his circumstances were. In each place he found himself in, he glorified the Lord.

So, what can this teach us? I believe that we need to get off the rooftops and jump down into the trees. I believe we spend way too much time looking at the big picture–planning and advancing our future little kingdoms without much attention being paid to what God is teaching us right now. And a major part of what He is teaching us right now will definitely prepare us for our future aspirations as well. Instead of looking at what is going on in our life right now as to how it is going to get you to point B in your future plans, seek exactly what God is teaching you in the moment here and now. It really isn’t all about us anyway.