Sunday, November 4, 2012

30 Days of Authenticity-Day 27: Made to Worship

“God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God.” ~John Piper

The topic in our Sunday School class today was that we were made to worship God. We talked about how worship is so much more than music and so much more than a church service. We are to be in a constant state of worship. We established that worship is a lifestyle; it's who you are 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So, how do we get to that point? First of all, we've got to stay in The Word. Secondly, we've got to take time to talk to God. Christianity isn't about rules or religion; it's about a relationship. Relationships with one-sided communication or no communication at all don't last. We can't expect to see God moving in our lives if we're not spending time with Him. We also can't expect fullness if we're not spending time with Him; it's just like any other friendship we have in that sense. Our closest friends are the ones we actually spend time with. If He's merely an acquaintance, we can't live in an authentic state of worship.
After we focus on the relationship, we can add the music to the mix. I simply cannot imagine living without music. There are songwriters out there who express my exact thoughts and feelings much better than I ever could. There's just something about music. Isn't it funny to see how different your day is when you've got a song in your heart? When you've got a song of praise, a bad day doesn't seem quite as bad and a trial doesn't seem quite as difficult. When you've got a song of praise, a good day becomes great. When you've got a song of praise, you're contagious. It's an amazing thing.
We could look at hundreds of scriptures on worship, but today I encourage you to find a song that reminds you to be in a constant, authentic state of worship. Find that song and fill your heart and your life with it today. Let it spill over into your thoughts and your attitude. Let it guide your conversations with God. Let it guide your Bible reading. Although Chris Tomlin actually has a great song about this very topic --"Made to Worship"-- my song is "How Can I Keep from Singing." When I hear this song, I'm constantly reminded of my many reasons to live in an authentic state of worship. My hope is that it blesses you the way it blesses me.

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