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WHEN DO WE WORSHIP


Author Douglas J. Moo: "Worship is not merely, or even mainly, what we do on Sunday morning. Worship is a 24/7 matter. We worship God when we give ourselves to him in service. We worship God when we show love to others, when we do our jobs faithfully and with integrity, when we play with our kids and nurture our families. God wants us always to be bringing glory to him by the way we live."


Our knowledge of Christ and our relationship to Him and with Him is attractive, so much so that others are drawn to the mysterious, they are drawn to that "something about you" which haunts their thoughts and wets their appetite for what you possess. As we go about our daily lives with its demands and challenges and in the process of life demonstrate joy and peace; when we respond to humanities pain and needs around us, a fragrance is released. People wonder, "What was that? Why did you do that? Why do you care what happens to me?" The fragrance of the knowledge of Christ is released and lives are touched and changed.


It is in these moments we become living and holy sacrifices; in these moments, we WORSHIP.


When Gary knocked on my door I opened it to see a man in his early fifties wearing paint-smeared jeans that also seemed to be covered in drywall dust. His calloused hand reached for mine as he introduced himself and he slipped a business card toward me. Immediately the warmth of his smile and the attraction of his spirit released the fragrant knowledge of Christ. I knew God was there! After our conversation about construction needs I commented, "You're a Christian aren't you?" to which he admitted and the bond of brotherhood was born.


It is learning the lesson of Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline where he speaks of wondering, "Is he {God} addressing me through those singing birds or that sad face?"


(From a sermon by Dale Pilgrim, Live It Up, 5/9/2011)

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