Summary: Sometimes our everyday life can get in the way. Sometimes we let our everyday life get in the way, sometimes we make sure our everyday life gets in the way, sometimes we can give ourselves an excuse for not doing what we know God wanted us to do.
20150215 ASH PM Everyday Worship
Our theme for this year is Supernatural Springs and our focus this month is the Supernatural Spring of Worship.
The question I want to start with this evening is:
What is it important for us to do every day?
There are four things that the Bible suggests are important for us to do every day:
we need to pray
we need to praise and worship God
we need to love and serve God and
we need to love and serve each other.
Each day of our lives can be very different from another.
We have things we need to do,
things we plan to do and
things we would like to do but never seem to get round to doing.
The circumstances we find ourselves in can affect how often we pray, how often we praise and how often we truly worship God.
Our circumstances may vary from day to day - but we should always make time to praise and worship God every day.
We can start the day with the best intentions.
We decide, today is the day I will pray more,
or, today is the day I will read my Bible more.
or, today is the day I will worship God more.
or, today is the day I will show my love for God by serving others in some way....
We start the day with the best intentions,
and then somehow it’s time for bed
and we did not actually spend any time doing what we should have done.
Have you ever felt that your everyday Life can get in the way of your everyday worship of God?
Sometimes our everyday life can get in the way.
Sometimes we let our everyday life get in the way,
sometimes we make sure our everyday life gets in the way,
sometimes we can give ourselves an excuse for not doing what we know God wanted us to do.
God has given us free will, free choice, but sometimes the choice we make is to do things our way instead of God’s way.
We know God’s way is the right way, we know that God’s way is the best way.
But, sometimes, no, often, often we would rather do it our way.
Friends the truth is, the best thing we can do everyday is desire to follow God’s way.
To pray everyday.
To seek His will everyday,
to seek His glory.
To serve Him in faith and love.
To worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
It’s not something we can do in our own strength, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, to guide us, to equip and empower us.
We need to be willing to allow God to transform the way we live our everyday lives so that we can truly worship and serve God.
So, what is everyday worship? Lets look at the first two verses of Romans chapter 12:
So, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 NLT)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1-2 The Message)