October 4, 2017

Romans 12:11 (NLT) — 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

My daily bible reading yesterday took me to 1 Kings 6. This chapter gives us the dimensions of and the materials that Solomon used in building a temple for the Lord. This chapter gave me a some insights into why Paul says in our memory verse to not be lazy in our daily worship to the Lord.

Solomon had most everything inside the temple overlaid in gold. Why would he do that? I believe it was to remind us that nothing cheap should be offered to the Lord as worship. He deserves our working hard at worshiping him. I mean isn’t it hard work to be enthusiastic about daily worship when things aren’t going as we want them to? Or we didn’t get enough sleep the night before and so we are out of sorts. Or we get sick and now everything takes effort. Or when we just don’t feel like doing our best or being kind or caring for someone else; after all it is hard enough just caring about ourselves!

I’m not trying to put me or you on a guilt trip here. Our Lord doesn’t demand perfection from us, he got that from Jesus, I don’t believe we are capable of perfect yet; he does however demand faithfulness. He wants us to be faithful to check the quality of our worship.

In the Olympics they give the gold medal to the best. So throughout the day we can ask ourselves if the worship we are giving to God is gold, silver or bronze? Go for the Gold! Gold is costly but our God is worth every bit of it. I hope this word picture helps you up your worship. It is working for me.

1 Chronicles 21:24 (NLT) — 24 But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it for the full price. I will not take what is yours and give it to the Lord. I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!”

1 Corinthians 3:11–15 (NLT) — 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

Revelation 4:11 (NIV84) — 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

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