Summary: Worship, The Heart, Priorities, Preferences
I WILL – “I Will” Worship with Others
Acts 2:46-47 (pg. 759) October 11, 2015
We have a rule at the Burdette household that my daughter and wife continue to break and disregard...Here’s the rule: If you’re playing “Phase 10” with me (it’s a family card game that I dominate...not really) you cannot be playing “Candy Crush” on your phone at the same time...or you cannot be constantly checking your Facebook on it at the same time.
It’s my firm belief that if you want to spend time with me and the family...then give me your undivided attention...Karissa will say, “I only do it while you’re dealing...Kari just gives me “THE LOOK.” Guys “you know the look I’m talking about, don’t you?” (DEMONSTRATE)
Family time is really important to me...whether it’s around the table for dinner, or time playing “Phase 10.” I don’t want to share you with “Candy Crush” or “Facebook” during this time.
I think our heavenly Father feels like that when it comes to our worship as His family...I don’t want to share you with “Nursery Crush” or “Sports” or a million other things that pull us away from the family table...and relegate Him from a connected Dad to a spectator who watches us do other stuff.
Let me emphasize that worship in scripture has two distinct components...a daily worship where we are aware of His presence in all activities....
Paul tells the brothers and sisters in Rome “In view of God’s mercy offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Clearly the Apostle is saying “Our daily lives connect us with God or the world. His Spirit transforms our thinking...or the world shapes our minds...if you want to be in God’s will...to know He’s working in and through you...offer yourself to Him as you live...This is your personal lifestyle of worship.
But there is also worship that involves connecting to Him with other believers...it’s family worship...and there’s a gathering around a table involved in this worship as well.
How do we move Christians from:
I. BEGRUDGING PARTICIPATION TO JOYOUS COMMITMENT?
It seems in our busy culture we have to beg people to attend worship services.
Thom Rainer writes “But so many have inexcusable conflicts like the football game, or the kids soccer game, or the traveling softball team, or the weekend at the lake, or the fact I only slept 5 hours. For many Christians, all other activities have become mandatory while the worship service has became an optional afterthought.” (I Will p.29)
I kind of hate the term “Worship Service.” Service sounds like some kind of duty...an obligation.