THE COST OF WORSHIP
They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 New Living Translation
We continue to look at worship and what it really is. What it isn’t is singing those nice ballad type songs every Sunday morning after the praise songs or notices! We don’t enter worship as a set piece or at a set time. We live and breath worship every second of every day, or at least that’s how I read Paul’s words in Romans 12:2! “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”. Romans 12:1 New Living Translation
Did you notice what the Magi did? They not only bowed down to worship Him, they opened their treasure chests and pulled out very costly and valuable gifts! I guess in modern terms we could say “THEY OPENED THEIR WALLETS, THEIR PURSES, THEIR CHEQUE BOOKS OR EMPTIED THEIR POCKETS”. Wherever I see a true act of worship I always see a sacrificial cost. [I’ll be looking at that in the days ahead!]
So, this Sunday, what ACT of worship [which is your reasonable service] are you going TO DO today? It’s Sunday, it’s Church. Are you going to be A SEED OR THE NEED? Worship and love are synonymous. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life!” Let me paraphrase this very famous verse. “God the Father and Creator of heaven and earth, the holy, Almighty, Omnipotent God was so full of love, mercy and compassion for humanity that He rolled up His sleeves, entered the muck and mire of this stinking sin full world and got his hands and feet dirty. HE DID SOMETHING PRACTICAL ABOUT A PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL PROBLEM!” He wasn’t a spectator but a participator! He entered the arena of battle and fought victoriously for our eternal wellbeing!”
Listen to how Bob Gass puts it in todays “word for today!”
TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY
Seeing Your Work as God’s Will (1)
‘I must work the works of him that sent me.’ John 9:4
You’ll experience a new level of fulfilment when you begin to see what you do for a living as an important part of God’s will for your life. Jesus preached and healed, but He saw it all as ‘work’ given to Him by His Father. You must too. Instead of seeing church as a place where you meet with God on Sunday morning, see it as a place where you’re fed and strengthened so that you can carry the presence of God with you into the workplace. ‘Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him’ (Colossians 3:17 NIV 2011 Edition). Notice two words here: 1) ‘Word.’ That covers skills of communication and information. 2) ‘Deed.’ That covers skills such as creativity and building. Whatever you do, you’re supposed to do it with a thankful heart, as though the Lord were your boss – because He is. When you work with that attitude, you come alive. One person comes alive when they pick up a musical instrument, another when they lead a team, another when they counsel someone who’s hurting, and another when they’re looking at a financial spreadsheet. When each of us is doing what God designed and called us to do, the world around us is enriched. All skill is God-given, and we’re invited to live in conscious interaction with the Holy Spirit as we work, so that we can develop the skills He gives us. Work is a form of love. We cannot be fully human without creating value.
So, I challenge you whether or not you are in Church today, do an act of love, kindness or worship! Be the seed not the need. PRAYER Today Creator God help me to do something of significance. Help me to make a difference. God of all wisdom, help me to say something useful today. Help me put a guard to my mouth and if I’m about to say something hurtful or of no value, help me to zip the lip. Amen.