|FEBRUARY THEME: Created to Worship
|A.W. Tozer wrote, back in the 1940’s before we had worship teams and theatre lights, and cushioned pews the following: “It is certainly true that hardly anything is missing from our churches these days – except the most important thing. We are missing genuine and sacred offering of ourselves and our worship to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
According to Webster’s Dictionary, worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission. True worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Thus, if your lifestyle does not express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and you do not live in extreme or excessive submission to God, then I invite you to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your life.
Consider the Why, What, How, When and Where with me.
Why were you and I created? We were created to be first and foremost, worshippers.
What were we created for? To bring Glory to God in everything.
How do we worship Him? We worship Him in spirit and in truth.
When do we worship Him? We choose to worship in any situation.
Where do we worship Him? Wherever we are.
In Acts 16, the worshippers were not provided nice comfy pews with cushions. The music wasn’t with fine instruments. The worship wasn’t finely programmed to end at the one-hour mark but rather went on long into the night. We find the worshippers shackled together in a prison cell with a future as bleak as can be.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
When we worship God with extravagant love and extreme submission, God will come!
Being in the presence of God through worship is what will satisfy your deepest desires.
“If worship bores you, you are not ready for heaven.” (A.W. Tozer)
Rev. Ginette Howse