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There was a congregation that decided to have four worship services each Sunday.

There was one for those new to the faith.

Another for those who liked traditional worship.

One for those who had lost their faith and would like to get it back.

And another for those who had a bad experience with church and were complaining about it.

They have names for each of the services: FINDERS, KEEPERS, LOSERS, WEEPERS.

 

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So, what does worship mean to you?  Does it mean bowing before a king?  Does it mean giving all your time to someone or something?  Does it mean singing songs for 25 minutes each Sunday morning?  Does it mean giving an offering when the plate is passed?  Does it mean standing and raising hands?  There are many possible answers one may receive if this question were asked to any given congregation around the world.  The Bible does, however, define it fairly simply.

 

Let’s, for the next few minutes, put this in a different perspective.  Something real world.  Let’s talk about worship from a perspective that is familiar to the culture we live in today.  Let’s use money as the object.  This should be easy right?  We often hear people say that they know or have heard of someone who worships the almighty dollar.  What do we think or say about someone who worships this thing called money?

 

Here are some things that come to mind when we picture someone who worships money.  They are always talking or thinking about it.  They work jobs to get it.  They may work multiple jobs at the same time to find it.  They may devour their paycheck to “win” more.  They see things that it buys as necessities.  They judge themselves against others who have more or less of it.  How secure they feel is based on how much of it they have.  When they don’t have enough, security isn’t found.  They count it often and study what they have or what they don’t have and dream of getting more.  People who worship money are sometimes rich, but sometimes very poor.  They either like keeping it or love spending it on things that will show that they have “it.”  How much they have, or how many things their money has bought them, will be the standard by which they define themselves.

 

That’s what we picture when we see a person or entity that worships cash.  Let’s move that over towards a God discussion now.  When we think about worship in the God environment we often think about a musical praise time on Sunday mornings…don’t we?…and sometimes not much more.  Let’s imagine for a minute how worship would look if we simply switched the monetary terms for God terms in the paragraph above.

 

Here are some things that come to mind when we picture someone who worships God.  They are always talking or thinking about Him.  What they do, they do it for Him.  Sometimes they will serve Him in many different ways.  They give all they have for Him.  They see things that He views as important as necessary.  They view Him as a huge blessing in their lives…even though His gift of His son was never deserved.  He is their security.  When they are far from Him, they feel less secure because they begin to only think about themselves selfishly.  They look at and read His Word often and want to know more about Him.  Anyone who knows God is considered rich by spiritual standards.  People who worship God love to learn about Him and spend more time with Him so they can “give” Him away more often.  They allow God’s nature and their obedience to Him to define them.

 

You know, I didn’t once talk about a prayer service, or a praise time, or about traditional, or contemporary, or time limits, or name recognition, or awesome sermons or dynamic preaching, or audio visual technical stuff.   Here’s what the author of Romans 12:1-2 says:

 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is true worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

So here’s the question?  How is our worship?

 

Questions for Growth:

  1. Have you narrowly defined worship for yourself?
  2. If YES, then how has if determined your approach to God?
  3. Should ‘good’ worship, according to this verse, be based on a feeling?
  4. Should true worship be defined by Spirit let choices?
  5. How can every minute of your day be based on worship?
  6. Did Jesus worship God 24/7 365 or simply on a regular basis?  Similar question…Was worship “life” to Him?
  7. Is Jesus our example for living?  ……..

These are tough questions because they call into account everything that we do?…action and choice oriented.   Yes, simple…but tough.

Have fun growing!  Here’s a verse that let’s us know God’s perspective on what happens when we get this worship thing right.  Jeremiah 9:23-24 says this:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
    that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.

Love, Serve, Spread the Word,

ed

 

PS – I don’t consider myself an expert but just as someone who searching for truth and has found some nuggets to pass onto others.  If they’re helpful, pass them on too.

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