BIBLE READING: 2 Tim 1: 12 - 14 12 That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. 13 Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. 14 Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.
What does this passage mean to you?
BLOG: Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
Worship is a noun "the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity." It is also a verb,
"show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites." What does this mean?
Worship is your attitude and your action. You can have a worshipful attitude but fail to take any action on it. Some people go through the motions of worship, but their attitude isn't very honoring.
Another definition I've heard is that worship is giving anything that rightfully belongs to God. That could be your time, money, heart, lifestyle, and more. In contrast, giving those things to anything else would, therefore, be idolatry.
I know that one's life is a reflection of one's worship. In other words, who or what you worship will be evident in your life. How we honor God with our lives is an act of worship. How we love others is an act of worship. So here are three things that you can do to improve your worship.
Focus! So often, worship is treated as an event. Something it is what you do to score points with God. When the "event' is over, so is the worship. Focus on worshipping God 24/7. That's right; examine everything that you do through the filter of, "Is this honoring God in some way."
Give! It is the opinion of the world that the church asks "too much" from people. But the Bible is clear; we are to give everything to God as an act of worship. (Romans 21:1, for example.) Give time to God and allow Him to pour Himself into your life every day. Give to someone who needs to experience the compassion of Christ in a real way. Give your time to someone who needs to know or experience Christ through the gifts God has blessed you with.
Recieve! Noting that the world says we ask too much from people, they never notice what these "givers" receive. We receive God's blessing, His love, hope, and peace. There is the joy of the Lord, which is a source of strength. There is knowing He is has provided for our eternity and that we need neither fear man, hell, or death.
Worship is a very important and powerful part of our faith that we should practice in heart and action every day.
What are you going to do today to worship Him?
PRAY: Dear Jesus, teach me to worship you with all my heart, soul, and spirit. AMEN