Friends

How is your Worship going this week?  I have talked with some of you who have told me you thought worship was the music before the preaching.  Well, that was what I was told too.  Worship is far more than just music, than just singing, than just praise.  Every aspect of your life can be an act of worship.  Literally every aspect of your life can be an act of worship to God.

“What is Worship”?  The answer is very simple: It is an act of personal surrendering, offering yourself to God.   Paul, the author of the book of Romans, shares in chapter 12:1-2 TEV “...Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him.  This is the true worship that you should offer.”

The goal of this series is for you to understand that worship is far more than lighting candles or singing songs.  Worship is a lifestyle.  Everything you do in life could be an act of worship if you understand the motivation behind it.  The Bible tells us to worship God continually.  You can’t sing continually.  But you can worship God continually if you understand the true meaning.

Last week we answered the question about what you do when you are wounded. Again, just as worship is the antidote to worry, worship is the antidote to when you are wounded – emotionally or relationally or any other way.  By a person or by a word or by a circumstance. 

In your life, you will be hurt by others; sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. How you handle that hurt determines your happiness.  When you bottle up hurt in your life and hold onto it - that's called resentment.  If somebody hurt you years ago and you're still holding onto it, it will poison your life.  For your own health and happiness, you must learn to forgive.

This coming Sunday we are going to ask a third question about worship, “What do you do when life does makes not sense?”  When God asks you to do something that you think makes no sense at all, and all you can think is “This is crazy.” 

Well, sometimes things happen in our lives that defy explanation.  I am reminded of a story about two little boys on a field trip with their class to an art gallery to see an exhibit of modern art.  They walked by a painting, and as they looked at it, they could see there was a nose over in one corner and an eye in the other corner, and it was all confused.  So, one little boy turned to another one and said, “Don’t you think we’d better get out of here before they say we did it?!”

Sometimes things happen in our lives that defy explanation.  No matter how hard we try we cannot make any sense out of the things God puts in our path.  Yet if we remain faithful and patient, God often puts all the pieces together and reveals His purpose. He truly works in mysterious ways.

Consider the case of Joshua and the battle for Jericho.  There are established ways to storm a heavily fortified city. For example, build siege towers and breach the walls.  So, imagine Joshua’s surprise when God told him to send the priests, not the soldiers, to march around the city and blow horns.  I can picture the taunts from the people of Jericho standing on the walls watching this absurd display.  It just didn’t make sense—until the seventh day, when the walls fell down.

Consider David, a man after God’s own heart.  After years of running from the man who wanted him dead, he discovered Saul alone and vulnerable in a cave.  David could have brought his private war to an end with a single blow from his sword.  Yet God did not allow him to kill Saul that day.  It did not make sense, but it taught David a valuable lesson. He learned to respect the will of God.

Consider poor Ananias of Damascus.  God called him to go and minister to Saul, the man who had come to Damascus to arrest, torment and even kill Christians like Ananias.  It did not make sense, yet it turned out to be the first step in unleashing the most powerful ministry the world has ever seen.

God is full of surprises.  He often asks us to do things that run counter to all common sense.  So, what would you do if God asked you to do something that did not make sense?  What if it was something so foolish that all your friends advised against it? Before you answer, let me tell you how my story ended.

Our world is coming to grips with the disorder that’s inherent in our fallen universe.    We see this disorder in our own suffering and pain, and in those seemingly random events that cause so much anguish in life.  Just watch the news, it is always something.

Yet throughout Scripture, we see God taking that chaos and turning it back into order. He takes our mistakes, our pain, and our anguish, and turns them around for our good and for His glory.  So, when suffering hits, we know it’s not random!

Everyone experiences hard times.  But in Christ, you can suffer with a purpose, knowing that God is taking the chaos in your life and will make it work for your ultimate good.  And we have faith that one day, all suffering will end as we live forever in His glorious presence!

Worshipping is focusing on GOD! 

Make Every Day Count!

Barry

Come Sunday and see what God is doing!