September 22, 2017

Romans 12:1 (NLT) — 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

I’m pondering that last sentence. This is truly the way to worship him. If I want to put a smile on my wife’s face it is not to bring her flowers, take her out for supper and go out to a movie. The true way to do it is bringing her chocolate, cleaning the toilets and asking if there is anything that I can help her with! It is not the flashy outward stuff that does it for her.

According to our verse I believe the Lord is a lot like Cleo in this respect when it comes to worshipping Him. We tend to put on the flashy outward stuff in our worship. Etched in our minds is that we worship on Sunday. So we fix up the building, fire up the band, tune the sound, project verses on the screen, raise our hands, put a smile on our faces, stomp our feet, sing with great gusto, preach with enthusiasm, and fellowship after the service.

I’m sure the Lord likes all of this but I don’t believe it is the flashy outward stuff that does it for him. What really pleases him and what he finds acceptable is what goes on the rest of the week when we are not around all the other believers. You know, the mundane stuff like not being rude or impatient. Not keeping a record of wrongs. Thinking the best of someone. Being interrupted without becoming irritable. Being humble and not thinking that we are better than others. Keeping our word even when it hurts. Refusing to be offended.

When we worship in the above ways and the music isn’t playing, and the atmosphere isn’t climate controlled and the crowd isn’t cheering; that I believe puts a smile on our Lord’s face.

Psalm 15 (NLT) — A psalm of David. 1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? 2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. 3 Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. 4 Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts. 5 Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.

1 Corinthians 13:4–7 (NLT) — 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Thank you Pastor Dan for squeezing this verse for us this week. It has been so good.

  2. This week I have worshipped off sadness, discouragement, fear, selfishness, anxiety, and pride. I have also worshipped for joy, encouragement, love, a sound mind, a healthy body and a humble spirit. I was generous to give him all my cares (1 Peter 5:7), and he gave me victory parties in their place. A good, good God = a good, good week! Thanks for the M-F lessons Pastor Dan.