The new mission frontier is no longer China, Africa or one unknown country in a forgotten part of the world. It is your family. Take the Gospel to your wife. Take the Gospel to your kids. Take the Gospel to your husband.
It’s so embarrassing to see what so called men of God are doing; how they exploit their congregation.
The truth is that if you’re manipulated into doing anything for God, your worship will not please Him.
Uncheerful worship is absolutely worthless.
“This lady has has sacrificed everything just to be able to worship you! God, the least you can do is to remove failure from her life.”
Unfortunately, Simon’s devoutness was nothing but a façade. Every step that Simon of Cyrene took jp that hill beside Jesus was abhorrent to Jesus.
The element of sacrifice in your worship is not enough to make your worship acceptable; it must be voluntary.
He stood in the gap for Jesus. He lifted up that cross. It was painful. It was heavy. And he carried it up the hill of Golgotha; not for himself, but for Jesus. Yet Jesus didn’t even say thank you. Now that’s uncharacteristic of Jesus!
You could validly argue that Simon of Cyrene assisted Jesus to carry out the greatest mission for mankind ever. Yet, not a word was said to him. This is shocking, really!
Great people are able to rise above their personal suffering and still continue to help other people.
This helps me to know that no matter what, I can always count on the Lord to reach out and help me. But it also inspires me to never let my pains hinder me from reaching out to help others.
The fact that you sacrificed something to God does not mean that that worship will be acceptable to God. At the end of the day, more than anything else, your heart decides the acceptability of your worship.
Our focus this week is on the subject of Acceptable Worship.
I would say we had a feast this past week; 14 podcast episodes on the mystery of worship! It was just amazing. Just in case you missed any, here are the links to every one of them:
It’s just mind-blowing to see how much what we do here can actually inspire the God of the Universe.
His dance before the LORD wasn’t choreographed by a professional director. It wasn’t dignifying. It was a disgrace!
Your most costly sacrifices to God may not be material.
It lives in my mind. It’s a monument; it’s a memorial in my consciousness about my walk with God. It’s an unforgettable part of my journey.
Your altar is that point in time and space in your journey with God where you sacrifice your most valuable treasures in love and obedience to Him. Your altars are memorials of how much your walk with God has cost you.
You cannot claim to be worshiping God, if there are no altars and sacrifices associated with your walk with God.