“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
- John 4:21-26
“Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard it for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded (see Exodus 16:20). God will never allow you to keep a spiritual blessing completely for yourself. It must be given back to Him so that He can make it a blessing to others.”
- Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
We have a variety of styles in worship these days. If you look around, you can find a church that best fits your comfort zone. We might discuss that ‘comfort zone’ in future posts. I do not think God wants us to be too comfortable, but if you are too uncomfortable in a worship setting that does not fit you, your heart and soul will be troubled, ill-at-ease, and downright grumpy. Those feelings are not conducive to heart-felt worship for our Lord and Savior.
But let’s go deeper regarding worship. Morning devotions can be a worship service. My wife turns off her cell phone and the television, unless the television is turned to a music channel that plays no distinct tunes and is instrumental (mood noise as opposed to sing-along). She may even light a candle to signify that the Holy Spirit is in attendance.
I am not that ritualistic, nor is she all the time, but I do have that time at the computer in the morning. I will go through 3-4 devotions and some Bible reading. I will look up a few things on-line. All to prepare me for the day and inspire me. I often dread leaving my at-home sanctuary. Life calls, and things must be done. But I feel so comfortable in God’s presence. I simply do not wish to leave.
But there is that point where you must give back. Chambers calls them ‘love-gifts.’ What God gives us in the way of a blessing, we should give back to God in service and in worship. If you work full time or part time, you can make your work a form of worship. Rather than mumbling unkind words when the boss hands you an impossible deadline near the end of the scheduled workday, praise God that you can be of service. Turn any event, good or bad, into a ‘lesson learned moment.’ This is hard, and I have failed to keep my focus in certain situations of Jesus, but when you can rely on Him for your strength, it becomes much easier.
And after you performed the impossible before you went home for the day just to find out that the boss left the building an hour ago (yes, it has happened too many times to count – remember, date stamps are important on those occasions.), it can be a worship experience to raise your hands and your heart toward your Heavenly Father and ask, “What was that all about?” Yes, God has a sense of humor.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory. 0000000