I was working on our new web site this week and I read again what I had written as one of the three focuses of this congregation:
I take that thought from the Gospels. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He said in Mark 12:30: “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
What exactly does that mean? It is a giving of our whole self to the Father.
Anything we do that is God centered is worship because it glorifies Him. We are not restricted to singing only. Paul says that in everything we do, do it unto the Lord.
You have heard me say that there is “no right way or wrong way to worship”. Obviously, that is if we are worshiping in Spirit and in Truth. There are as many different ways to worship as there are people.
Let’s turn in our Bibles to Deuteronomy chapter 6.
“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2) that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3) Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you— ‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’
4) “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5) You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6) “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7) You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8) You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9) You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
God wanted to affect every area of their lives. Practicing the presence of God, as Brother Lawrence called it, was a way of life for the Children of Israel.
1 Cor. 10 tells us that: Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
God’s desire to affect the lives of His chosen people has not changed.
Romans 12; I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
God wants to be a constant factor in our lives, not just a weekend buddy.
Paul tells us in his letter to the Galatians about how the Law was like a schoolmaster or tutor to teach and prepare His people for what was to come through Jesus.
Now we have God’s law written in our hearts and minds and the gifting of the Holy Spirit to help us to worship God in all things and to increasingly make Him a part of our lives.
Pastor Bob Haught