November 24, 2010

A Call to Worship

Matthew 4:10, Jesus says, "Worship the Lord your God and serve him only."
to honor
the object of adoration
to be devoted to
the condition of being worthy
a submission of any created being

Worship comes from the word worth. Everything in our lives contains a certain amount of worth we give to it. Something we spend a great deal of time engaging, thinking about, or talking about is given a great amount of worth in our eyes. This is a type of worship. The basis definition of worship is devotion. What have you devoted yourself to in your life?
When God becomes our personal Savior we are called to worship him—devote ourselves to Him. He asks us to spend time with him; this alone is a form of worship. Worship by devotion. By worshiping God we must humble ourselves and show God and the world that we place Him above ourselves. Pride will fight you the whole way telling you that you can do this on your own. But the truth is, nothing is done without God.
He longs to build a close personal relationship with you, but in order to do that he needs you to spend time with him—devote ourselves to him. So when you claim to know God, contemplate how much time you truly spend with him. Determine where he falls in your life. Do you put him first and spend time with him? …worship him by sacrificing things of this world for him? He calls us to do just that. He tells us to be set apart from this world. Only a close relationship with God will truly set you apart. So when you find that the time you spend with God is outweighed by time spent in the “pleasures” of this world…stop and take some time to worship your Creator, your father, and your God.
John 4:23 says, "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks."
Worship is not just raising your hands, jumping around, or singing in church. Worship is a state of mind, heart, and spirit. You can worship God by simply following his word or honoring his will. Worship is something you can do every moment of everyday by setting your heart and thoughts on your Savior.
"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deut. 6:5)

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