“When We Worship Him”
Why do you attend church? Is it because of your sincere desire to worship and to praise God? Hopefully so, yet far too many people attend worship services because they believe they are “supposed to go to church.” Still others go to church for “social” reasons. But the best reason it attend church is out of a sincere desire to please God, to praise God, to experience God, and to discern God’s will for your life.
Some people may tell you that they do not engage in worship, do not believe them. All of mankind is engaged in worship. The question is not whether we worship, but what we worship. Wise men choose to worship God. When they do, they are blessed with joy, peace, and abundance. Other people choose to distance themselves for God by worshiping things that are intended to bring personal gratification but not spiritual gratification. Sometimes this choice has tragic consequences.
If we place our love for material possessions or social status above our love for God, or if we yield to the countless temptations of this world, we find ourselves engaged in a struggle between good and evil, in a clash between God and Satan. Our responses to these struggles have implications that echo throughout our families and throughout our communities.
How can we ensure that we cast our portion with God? We do so, in part, by the character-building practice of regular, purposeful worship in the company of fellow believers. When we worship God faithfully and fervently, we are blessed. When we fail to worship God, for whatever reason, we forfeit the spiritual gifts that might otherwise be ours.
We must worship our Heavenly Father, not just with our words, but also with deeds. We must honor Him, praise Him, and obey Him. As we seek to find purpose and meaning for our lives, we must first seek His purpose and His will. For believers, God comes first.
When God is at the center of your life, you worship.
When he is not, you worry.