Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What do you worship?

I believe that the remarkable progress of human society - the progress of the human mind and spirit - is not of our doing, but is nothing less than a wondrous manifestation of the extraordinary power and blessing of God working in and through us. It's not our power, it's God's power. And thus it is God and God alone that we must worship, and not the work of our own hearts or minds or hands. Margaret B. Gunness

OK, its pop quiz time. Ready? What is the thing that we attend on Sunday mornings just after the Sunday School hour?....

Time’s up! What was your answer? There is a long list of names for this Sunday event. You might have said church, Sunday service, “preaching”, “big church”, or even naptime. (I seriously hope the last answer wasn’t yours.)

The most correct answer is worship. We come together to worship God during this time. There is no distinction between the hymns, the message, the offering, or even the children’s sermon. If we are doing these things correctly, it is all worship.

We know that when we come into the building we call “church” on Sunday morning we are there to worship God. However, did you know that your worship of God is not limited to Sunday mornings? God wants you to worship Him with your life, all day, every day.

Too many times, however, we just can’t seem to squeeze in even a few seconds of worship for our God, who is always there waiting to hear from us. All too often the things that receive the most attention from us are things that matter the least to God.

One of our church members told me recently about a sermon one of our previous pastors preached. In the sermon the pastor said something like, “Wherever you spend most of your time, that’s where your god is.” I’m sure I have butchered the exact quote, but the sentiment is there. Where do we spend the bulk of our time, exhaust most of our energy, and funnel most of our money and resources? The god we worship is in the answer to that question.

There is no harm in doing our daily activities, but when they begin to eclipse our view of God Almighty, The Great I Am, who loves us so much, then these diversions become distractions. God is a jealous God. The Bible refers nearly thirty times to Him being jealous for us! Too many times we continue to ignore Him and chase after other gods.

The bottom line question I have for you is, “What do you worship?” Is the God of the universe the main focus of your life? Is He your reason for living? Or is He just the old man, with the white beard, who sits on a throne in heaven that you give a nod to on Sunday mornings?

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

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