Listening to a message from Bethel Church, Redding this morning…had to share this quote from Pastor Bill Johnson on being a true worshiper:
In my own journey with the Lord, I’ve changed the description a little bit, this is how it works for me: #1 God, #2 Family, #3 Church, etc…I changed it. God is number 1 and when He is number 1, there is no number 2. My love for my wife is a part of my offering to God. There is no vacation from #1 to do #2, my love for children/grandchildren is all a part of my expression of worship to God. If I take a vacation with my kids, that is a worship expression. I’ve been learning to capture every single part of life and bring it into the scope of what is an offering, what I can actually give to the Lord as a fragrant offering to Him, for His glory, for His honor. No longer a separation between secular and sacred. Obviously there is still that emphasis that I take care of my family, but never a vacation from #1 to do #2.
I felt the Lord tell me on the morning of Jan 1st this year that He was going to teach me in 2014 how to be a true worshiper. It was based on John 4:23 when Jesus tells the woman at the well,
But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.
I love this quote for that reason. I want my motivation and outcome in everything I do, in every area of my life, to be as unto the Lord (Col 3:23), as a representative of Jesus (Col 3:17). A life so given over to my Father in Heaven, so surrendered that there is complete congruence. A life that worships Him in Spirit and in Truth. Amen.