Just thinking out loud on a Sunday morning….
What is “true worship”?
Perhaps authentic worship is likely to be counter-cultural rather than a means to be successful within our culture.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24
Of all the amazing photos from yesterday’s #SolarEclipse2017, my favorite is not of the sun – but one of a little boy gazing up at it. His Mom, Mary, shared that her sweet son, Israel, had been in tears when he was told he couldn’t watch the eclipse (or, actually, the partial eclipse viewable from here in TX) because they didn’t have the special glasses to protect their eyes. But then as they were out running errands – the moment Mary captured with this photo happened.
And I can’t help but wonder…. if thousands of people from all different backgrounds can gather and be so quick to help each other experience a natural phenomenon that lasted a couple minutes, what would it look like if the same efforts ensued to help people make eternal connections with the #MAKER of that phenomenon and His #MostLovedCreation, other humans?
We were MADE to worship. But sometimes we inadvertently direct our worship to things so unworthy of it… anything from a new pair of shoes to a shiny Jeep with really big tires! Let’s be clear here – you can appreciate something (especially a sharp Jeep) without worshipping it. But a complete focused-obsession, can’t-live-without, completely-dependent-worship?? That belongs always and only to our God!
I am learning that being transparent with your weaknesses and struggles comes with risk. For example, when you share truth with someone they may write off that truth about them as coming from a broken place in you rather than considering the possibility that this could be God-given insight that can heal broken places in them (a.k.a “iron sharpening iron” – see Proverbs 27:17). But living and speaking authentically is still worth the risk.
Just in case you’re anything like me and need occasional reminders to give God His job back….
“As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.” -Psalm 18:30 NIV (New International Version)
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” -Colossians 1:17 NIV
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV
(Simply click the Bible reference links if you would like to study that passage further in the YouVersion Bible app or at Bible.com)
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PS: If what I have shared here resonates with you, you may want to listen to this! Click here to watch an awesome worship set by Bethel Music. It is 16 minutes well spent to worship along or great background music for your day or drive-time!
I am blessed with incredible friends. And one of my friends is such an example to me of strength and indepence that she doesn’t like to ask for help herself – which is why I am not naming her here.
She’s selfless (when I asked if she had requested assistance from her local church – she said she would save that as a last resort because she wants them to be able to help others who may have more needs than she does). She’s a smart, compassionate, hardworking single mom of kids ranging from school age to college age including an incredible special-needs child.
She has experienced some recent financial hardship and I would love to be able to help. I don’t have the ability to give the whole amount on my heart – but I bet if a bunch of us gave a few bucks we could really help lighten her load right now – just as she has helped lighten the load of others.
Simply click here to to check out the GoFundMe page I created for her so you can share her story on your own social media, pray, and/or give.
Thank you, in advance, for your support, prayers, and anything you can contribute financially! And remember, “Don’t do life alone!”…. EVER!
These thoughts began early on a Sunday morning:
So many religions, churches, denominations…
Perhaps in the end, the truest and purest worship (and life, love, and everything else) is simply about connecting to our Maker…
“In HIM we live and move and have our being….” – Acts 14:28
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:24
“Your prayers and gifts of charity have ascended as a memorial offering before God [an offering made in remembrance of His past blessings].” –Acts 10:4b AMP (Amplified Version)