Monday, November 01, 2010

Knowing God - Romans 12:19

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Your Name is HOLY
Right now ... let worship and awe rush over me
as I pray like the angels: "Holy, Holy, Holy!"
Stop ... look ... listen ... celebrate ... and worship.
 
I appeal to you therefore,
brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God,
which is your spiritual worship.
Romans 12:1
 
When I read today's theme, my immediate thought was: Too bad our worship theme couldn't have been on Sunday.
 
Immediately, my second thought was: Thank God (by his providence) that it's on Monday!
 
Why? Because a common tendency is to define worship as "what we do in church on Sunday." But that's only one piece of it.
  • Worship is praise and thanksgiving ... which we can do any time, any day. 
  • Worship is love for God ... and it may also be actively loving our neighbor.
  • Worship is giving generously ... and spontaneously.
  • Worship might be hope ... in the midst of a dark circumstance.
  • It can be holy, wholesome laughter ... when we intentionally bring God into those glorious moments.
  • Worship can be around the kitchen table ... or while riding in our car.
  • Worship can be a moment of prayer with a friend ... and it may mean being bolder to pray for a friend at work.
  • Work itself can be worship ... when we devote the gifts he's given us to making a holy difference in the world ... or at least in someone's day.
Worship may be, primarily, stopping the all-consuming focus on self -- Romans calls this being or making a living sacrifice -- focusing instead on laying "me, myself, and I" down on the altar so that I can point up in praise or out in blessing.
 
Today is Monday.
 
That means it's a great day to worship!!!
 
Now, that doesn't mean going to church, it means finding new ways to bring praise, thanksgiving, laughter, joy, generosity, and sacrifice into this holy day!
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who's singing,
"This is the day that Lord has made!
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"
Ps 118:24 

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