October 16, 2017

Romans 12:1–2 (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. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:11–12 (NLT) — 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

I came across this story which I believe summarizes well what I have been talking about these last four weeks that we are to live each day as worship to our Lord.

A few years ago, a missionary candidate was summoned to appear before a certain examiner. A veteran missionary himself, the examiner instructed the young man to come to his house at 5:00 A.M. the next Monday morning. So the young man got up at 4:00 and was at the examiner’s house by 4:55. “Wait for me,” the examiner said as he ushered the candidate into his study. Three hours later, the examiner returned and said, “How do you spell baker?”
“B-a-k-e-r,” answered the young man.
“How’s your math?” asked the examiner. “What’s two plus two?”
“Four,” answered the young man.
Satisfied, the examiner said, “I’m going to recommend you for service in our mission.” And the young candidate left the interview perplexed.
That evening, the examiner met with his mission board and said, “I highly recommend this young man for ministry. I tested him on self-denial. He rolled out of bed and showed up at 4:55 A.M. Patience? I made him wait three hours in my study, and he didn’t say a word. Temper? I asked him to spell baker, and he didn’t become agitated. Humility? I asked him what two plus two was and he answered enthusiastically. This man will make a great missionary.”

Hilltop, our Lord is looking for worshipers(John 4:23-24) and you never know what tests the Master Examiner is putting before us to test the quality of our worship. Paul knew what kind of worship would be acceptable to the Lord. And that is why he instructed us to; give our bodies to God, don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, never be lazy, work hard , serve the Lord enthusiastically, rejoice, be patient, and keep on praying.

Our worship should not be influenced by the kind of day we are having but by the kind of God we are serving!

Psalm 105:19 (NLT) — 19 Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.

Will the Master Examiner say of us at Hilltop, “These people are great worshipers”?

Be Inspired Hilltop!