“The Passion of Every Believer”

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God has so wired every human being that he or she can rightly be called a worshipping being (Isaiah 43:7). Everything we say and everything we do gives away what is most important to us. What or who grabs your heartstrings? What or who fuels your motor for living? What or who dominates your thoughts and dreams? What or who makes you want to get up every morning? Is it food, drink, sex, money, things, prestige, power, fame, kids, spouse, or a mixture of all the above … plus, a few more? Or is it God and His glory alone? 

The Bible tells us that if the object of our worship is not the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1), the only God; then, we have exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen (Romans 1:25). Dear friend, a worshipper is one who “serves” or “offers worth-ship” to his God[s]). Therefore, the question that must be continuously posed to every man, woman, child; is, who are you worshipping? That is, who or what is the primary object of your continual adoration? Beloved, God has commanded everything that has breath to worship Him (Psalm 150:6). Our daily job is, “… [to] love the Lord [our] God with all [our] heart and with all [our] soul and with all [our] mind and with all [our] strength” (Mark 12:30), and then, to call all men to do the same (Matthew 28:19-20)! This means that old Bob Dylan was not too shabby a Biblical theologian when he sang in the late 1970’s, “Who ya gonna worship? … Ya gotta worship somebody … Who ya gonna worship?” Unlike the natural man, the non-Christian (1 Corinthians 2:14), the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:9), knows exactly who he’s to worship, “… God the Father ... in Spirit and Truth (John 4:19-24). And why? Because he’s savingly-joined to the Lord Jesus Christ, his Savior (1 Corinthians 6:17), and further, he knows that he has been created for the express purpose of becoming a perpetual “true” worshipper of the living God, both in this life (Hebrews 12:28), and in the age to come (Revelation 5:6-14)! Such God-centered worship is the very thing that God uses to make creature-worshippers into true-worshippers (1 Corinthians 14:23-26). Such worship is the passion of every believer (Psalm 95:6-7; Ecclesiastes 5:1-7), and begins in his home (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)! God creates such worshippers, by the Holy Spirit, through His Word (2 Timothy 3:14-17), and raised by obedient parents (Ephesians 6:4). So then, let us (the church) call our children to Jesus (Matthew 19:13-14), aiming to reach them before the world begins its wholesale assault upon them (Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, "I have no pleasure in them”). I leave you with the wise words of John and Noel Piper, “The greatest stumbling block for children in [public worship] is that their parents do not cherish the hour. Children can feel the difference between duty and delight ... [parents] fall in love with the worship of God. You can’t implant what you don’t possess.” Therefore, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow morning, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! … Soli Deo Gloria!

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