Worship is not just singing and joyful music. “True worship is giving God the best that He has given you” – Oswald Chambers.
Jesus said in John 4:23-24, “The hour has come and now is when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”.
So the whole of our life is to be worship to God! Not just the Sunday morning service. The exortation of the word or the preaching and our reception of this word is worship also. God can recieve glory out of the whole of our life, not just the Sunday morning service.
Blessings come with responsibility – so does freedom. It is a truth that the only person who is really free is the one who brings his own moral appetite under subjection. Freedom is not the right to do as you please, but the privilage to do what is right.
1st Corinthians 9:27
Scriptures to read and ponder: Luke 9:23 & 14:23, Mark 8:34 and Luke 14:27-33.
Luke 9:23 “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Jesus meant deny your right to yourself, who can bear His cross? We have so hollowed the cross by twenty centuries of emotion and sentiment that it sounds like a very beautiful and pathetic thing to talk about carrying our cross. But Jesus never said “take up HIS cross and follow me”. No one can carry His cross. But we can bear our own cross.
So what is your cross and my cross? What does it mean to deny yourself? Let me say here that we don’t need to go searching for our cross. For whoever has decided to follow Jesus, need not go looking for a cross. When we commit ourselves to follow Him, there will be plenty of chances to deny one right to himself or to carry one’s cross. For our cross is wherever your will and God’s will intersect there is always a cross.
Should I go to the prayer meeting or stay home in my own comfort? Someone is needed to help with the children. Should I help or is it to much to ask? How many times have you had an opportunity to help in some way but refused because it would put a burden on you? What does it mean to deny one’s right to himself and what is your cross?
I believe every Christian should read the old Christian classic, “In His Steps”. So, what is our purpose in this Christian life? I believe it is plainly put in Paul’s letter to the Romans in Romans 8:28-29. We are called to be like Jesus. His image is being formed in our lives when we follow Him in our everyday lives. Taking up our cross daily and denying our right to ourself.
I believe the greatest power to move man to repent is the heartbreak of God. We sometimes think that God is just an unfeeling intelligent power. We must first remember that when God looked upon the wickedness of man, He was moved with grief. This word indicates there was pain from a deep emotion.
Have you ever felt pain for your children, knowing they were making choices that would cause pain and disappointment down the line? Or have you had a loved one that was making bad choices that would eventually destroy their potential.
That was what God felt in a much greater sense. Grief is in proportion to intimacy. He who loves the most can grieve the most.
Since God’s love for us far surpasses my love, His pain is the greatest. Read Genesis 6:5-6 for a greater understanding of the heartbreak of God.
The other day I was visiting someone in the hospital and a question came up concerning their health – how could their physical condition glorify God? Immediately God quickened Romans 8:28-29 to my heart. How can all things, good or bad, work for our good? The word says we were fore ordained for a purpose not a plan.
Our purpose is to become like His Son Jesus. I told them that when we trust God, no matter what, and demonstrate God’s character, we are glorying Him.
Psalms 92 says that the righteous shall flourish like a palm tree and bear fruit in their old age. Now the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Isn’t this the purpose for our life? So I told this person no matter what their physical condition is, they can still bear fruit and by this glorify God. I think it would be good if we all took notice of this principle.
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