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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

True Worship reveals Christ and my deep need of Him

by Jeff Hegstrom
I love the words in the song, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - they declare, “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”

However, I want to be honest with you right now, there are times in my life that I go through the motions of worshiping God. Although I know better, unintentionally, I carry the burdens of life, relationships, finances, and schedules instead of giving them to God and trusting Him with the results. With my priorities out of line, my worship to God becomes routine, without meaning, and I walk away unamazed, discouraged and unchanged.

When is a time that you went through the motions of worship and went away unmoved and unchanged?

How did you overcome this feeling of apathy?

I read a quote recently from Ben Patterson, campus pastor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California that captured my attention about Worship: “Worship done as Jesus prescribed, in Spirit and in truth, is an encounter, a meeting with the true and living God. You and I cannot come away from a meeting like that and remain the same.”

When Christ is revealed in worship - as a true worshiper, I am changed!

As I have read through the gospels, I have found endless accounts of how Jesus spent time with people, loving them, healing them, teaching them, walking and living His life with and among them. The incredible thing is that as you read each of these encounters, Jesus’ true identity was revealed and people’s lives were forever changed.

In the gospel written by Luke, chapter 5:3-8, Jesus was teaching by the lake and He saw two fishermen washing their nets. The Bible says, “He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.  When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

You see, when we come to Jesus in our everyday life and live out our lives before Him in authentic worship (in Spirit and truth) not only is the Glory of God revealed in us through the gift of His Son Jesus Christ; but, His amazing love reveals our deepest and greatest need - our need for more of Him!

A love that is amazing demands my response.  Look at how Peter, James and John responded to being in the presence of Jesus in verse 11, “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”

Being in the revealing presence and the glory of Jesus Christ changed everything! Their lives were transformed and they bowed down in worship, surrendered everything and followed Jesus!

How are you letting Jesus be revealed in your everyday life?

How are you allowing your life to be changed as you worship in His presence?

Read Romans 12:1.  How can you respond and begin to live out a life of worship today as Christ is being revealed to you?

Worship is one of the "7 Marks of Spiritual Health" in life and ministry.  The RM team will be writing about all seven.  This month, Nelson, Brad, and Jeff are writing on worship.  Please feel free to comment and join in on the conversation.

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1 comment:

  1. Walking daily THROUGH the struggles and difficulties...worshipping even when I felt nothing. That is the ONLY way I have been able to overcome apathy. Meditating on what Christ did helps me too. Another hymn: When my love to Christ grows weak....when for deeper faith I seek....etc. Also, being real and honest about what's going on in my life with those closest to me who will lift me up in prayer. One of the greatest tools that I learned in treatment for eating disorders was that we are only as sick as our secrets and the enemy of our souls wants to keep us in bondage and darkness, but when the light of Christ hits those dark places, then the darkness has to flee.


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