A Challenge of Worship

Submitted by Evermore on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:16am

What you worship is not best shown on Sunday morning, but demonstrated by your words and behavior the rest of the week.

The previous sentence is what I faced when reading my Monday morning devotional by Paul Tripp. Hey Butch, walk the talk, practice what you preach! Sunday morning has come and gone. Where does God rank on Monday morning? How does my relationship with Jesus play out the rest of the week? How do I respond to the terrible driver, the slow cashier, the daily grind of family and work, the frustrations and difficulties of everyday life? Do I notice the people around me who are having a particularly bad day or week? Am I listening for the whisper of God? When my worship turns to anything but God, my actions follow suit.

Tripp contends that we are not people who occasionally worship, but that we are designed, by God, to be worshippers. We worship something by design. We all attach our identity, our hopes and dreams, our inner sense of well-being, and our meaning and purpose to something.

I can feel better about myself when I compare and justify my actions and responses to others around me. God asks more. With the Holy Spirit living inside of us, the fruits of the spirit should be evident in every and all situations we encounter 24/7. Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control.

There is no law against these things!

When we worship God daily, the Holy Spirit will demonstrate his presence in our lives daily.

Tripp closes the devotional; Every word we say, every choice we make, and every action we take will be shaped by some kind of worship. Nothing depicts our need for the grace of Jesus better than the war of worship that will rage in our hearts today.

1 Chronicles 16:28-34