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What God Wants More Than Anything Else

Woman at WellIf somebody asked you to describe the Christian life in a few words, what would you say? If somebody asked you, “What does God want from us more than anything else?” What would you say? If you said moral devotion, if you said ethical behavior, if you said religious ritual you’d be wrong. The essence of the Christian life describes a relationship characterized by love and affection expressed in a covenant relationship of eternal commitment

The Bible says indicates that, as God’s people we are the object of God’s unfailing love. God made you to love you. He made you to be an object of His love. He wants to have a relationship with you. That means that you are created for having a relationship and, as a result, the most important thing you can know in life is that God loves you. Moreover, the most important thing that you can do in life is to love Him back.

Jesus said it like this in Matthew 22 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Nothing is more important. If you do this, you will fulfill your primary purpose in life. If you learn to love God and you let God love you, your life has fulfilled its meaning, its purpose. If you miss this part of your life, your life is a failure. Because you have missed the very reason that God created you and put you on earth – to love and be loved.

There is a concept in the Bible that describes expressing love to God —“worship”. We think of worship as a ritual or routine or something you do in a church. No. Worship simply means expressing love to God. Any time you are expressing love to God, you are worshiping whether you are by yourself, in a small group, in a large crowd or wherever. When you express love to God in any way, you are worshiping.

You may have noticed that sometimes, for some people it is hard to say, “I love you.” Sometimes we feel it; we just do not know how to get it out, how to say it. Therefore, we do not know how to express our love to our children, to our wives/husbands, to our friends and neighbors, the people we work with or even to God. It is somewhat difficult. Why does that happen? Why is it sometimes hard to say, “I love you”?

Life Experience: You may have been raised in a very non-expressive home where there was love or maybe there was not and you just did not talk about it that much. You did not frequently say, “I love you.”

Maybe you were taught to stuff your emotions, push them down, and hide your feelings. Maybe you have been hurt in the past and you say, “I don’t want to get hurt again so I’m not going to tell anybody I love them.” Alternatively, maybe you are resentful of hurts in your past so you say, “I don’t want to love God. There are things in my life I don’t like.” However, maybe you just do not know how to express your love to God.


Are We Headed For A Crash? Reflections On The Current State of Evangelical Worship

Finding your voice in worship. An interesting view about the state of worship in the 21st century.

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Worthily Magnify

1Last week I spent a couple of days attending the National Worship Leader Conference, hosted by Worship Leader Magazine, featuring many well-known speakers and worship leaders. The conference was held about 15 minutes down the road from me, so it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’m glad I went.

I met some new people, heard some thought-provoking teaching, enjoyed some good meals and conversations with worship leader friends, and experienced in-person some of the modern worship trends that are becoming the norm in evangelicalism. It was eye-opening in many ways.

Over the last few days I’ve been processing some of what I saw and heard.

Worship Leader Magazine does a fantastic job of putting on a worship conference that will expose the attendees to a wide variety of resources, techniques, workshops, songs, new artists, approaches, teachings, and perspectives. I thought of Mark Twain’s famous quote…

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The Priority of Worship

What is the most important of all of the things that God calls on believer’s Woman at Wellto do?

Some people would identify this as a task, but I believe that it is better expressed through a relationship activity.  Think back to the Garden of Eden where a solitary man was created; then placed in the world to be a worshiping being.  The historical example says: God placed him there and during the cool of the day the voice of the Lord would come down and Adam and Eve would have fellowship with the Lord God.  The book of tells us that they heard the voice of God walking in the garden and they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God. 

 There in the Garden, God had placed them there to have a relationship to God that was intended to give reverence to God in all their duties. 

 What was the most important of all of the things that God called Adam and Eve to do?  (To live in a worshiping relationship)

Has this changed?

 The scriptures presents worship, as the central motif of all the things that God calls believer’s to do. A.W.Tozer describes worship as the missing Jewel of the evangelical church.  It is what we need the most, but what we are missing.

The Book of Revelation suggests that much of what is taking place in heaven is worship ‑ Ch. 4 even suggests that some who will never stop worshiping the Lamb on the throne.

10  the twenty‑four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will  worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11  “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for  Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.

Because true worship is about God. It is not about man.  (It is not about what we can get out of it, or how we respond to it or even whether we feel like it.  Worship is about God and what He demands of us. We need to understand the importance of worship.

This passage is very typical of how people are many times distracted from a meaningful relationship with Christ

She asks three questions, which are controversial. 

  1. The Samaritan woman asked Jesus why He was asking a Samaritan woman for drink of water?
  2. If He is greater than Jacob?
  3. Where should people worship?

True Worshipers are Desired by the Father.  (v. 23)

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

 The central fact of scripture is not that we are seeking God, but rather that He is seeking worshipers.  John 15:16

 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

 God is seeking disciples to be worshipers of God.

 To say that He requires worship may be an understatement ‑ in truth He demands worship ‑ even before our service He expects our worship

 In Ezekiel 44  the primary function of the Levitical priesthood was to minister unto the Lord ‑ this was to precede all other work..

 Ezek 44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: 16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

 The scripture teaches us that we have become that Royal Priesthood.

 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 We now have the same priority –To minister unto the Lord

 Luke 10:38‑42.  Jesus Mary and Martha

 38  Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?  Bid her therefore that she help me.41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

 God requires of us our worship before He requires our service.  The truth is that He requires that worship regardless of how we feel.

 A Minister was approached by one of his congregants who asked if it was right for him to  come to the services when he did not feel like it.  Said he sometimes enjoyed the experience, but there were times when he felt like he was being hypocritical when he came because he did not enjoy it.

 The wise minister replied, “Do you only pay the grocer’s bill and the react when you feel like it?

Worship is a debt discharged independently of our feelings; Worship is giving unto the Lord the glory DUE unto His name; hence, “it is obligatory on Christians.”

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