When you ask the question, ‘what’s the point?’, you are asking the right question. And to achieve success, you have to ask the right questions.
God is one; but in time, space, and even in eternity, He reveals Himself in an infinite variety of unique identities; depending on who’s looking!
It is true that change is a constant, but positive change is the outcome of deliberate efforts.
Public support for Jesus was at its lowest ebb during His crucifixion, yet Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took the risk of asking the authorities for Jesus’ body. They didn’t mind the personal risk or possible shame; they willingly swam against the Jewish political tide at the time.
Giving to God must come from a cheerful heart; given in gratitude to Him. To be acceptable before God, worship must be cheerful.
Coerced worship is loathsome to God. Acceptable worship must be voluntary.
“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.”
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.
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.
Sometimes, we actually dub the emotions whipped up in the course of an entertainment music concert as ‘worship experience’; painless, sweet, entertaining experience.
“He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come come back to you.”
You don’t become an Abraham – a great name; father of many nations and religions – just by showing up in church.