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Do your allow your heart to conform to the world? How do you renew your mind? Does self-sacrifice carry the day, or is the day spent in self-centeredness? Do the hundreds of unscripted conversations get the best of you through the week?
What is your heart worshiping every day?
Two interesting things about the human heart. #1 - No one can know it. #2 - It desires to assign worth to something or someone pretty much all the time.
We are not always aware of how the desires of our heart sneak up on us, but we are wired to give things and people importance and meaning. We seek satisfaction from them. This assigning of worth means that we are made to worship. We worship everyday. The question is, who or what are we worshiping?
The Old Testament often used the Hebrew for “weighty” when describing something or someone we worship. We choose to give weight to things we think are important. We add weight to feelings, thoughts, and actions that protect us or thrill us.
The New Testament kept the same theme, emphasizing the idea of our inner being giving weight to someone by surrendering (i.e. worshiping); surrendering to the only One who can fully satisfy our ‘always desiring’ heart. This One, of course, is Jesus. He’s the complete fulfillment of all things weighty, the only person who satisfies a surrendered heart, mind and body.
So, how do we worship Jesus every hour of every day in a fallen world? It’s not easy. We are blind to our blindness. But disciples have habits that keep them conditioned.
Like a musician practicing, an athlete working out, or a farmer planting and harvesting, we commit to activities that help us worship every day.
First, be in the Word at least four times every week. This is your time with Jesus.
Second, be in the Word with the Lord’s people. Another way to say this is “in town, in church." As you are able, make every effort to assemble with the Lord’s congregation for corporate worship. Preferably, arrive early for the energy of gathering; and for coffee, of course. Worshiping with others on the weekends is our earthly calling. It’s what we are made for.
Third, dig deeper into the sermon. Study more throughout the week about what you found good and challenging from the sermon.
Fourth, cultivate a constant “thank you, Lord” conversation during every moment, event, and experience throughout the day. Not only in the good moments of the day, but the difficult ones, too. Philippians 4:6 tells us to not be anxious, but give thanks in everything. Colossians 3:17 says that the way we do everything in the name of the Lord is to always give thanks. It’s a bit more difficult to pursue an idol in our hearts when we are genuinely thanking Jesus for His presence in our lives.
Finally, honor others and show they are more important than you are. Genuinely. Not feigned or faked. This requires sacrifice. Self-control and self-sacrifice are cylinders that fire up the engine of worship. These virtues (self-control and self-sacrifice) fuel perseverance in times of struggle, bring fun in times of blessings, and set the stage for worship every day. Again in Philippians, each of us is encouraged to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourself" (Philippians 2:3 ESV).
A lot of folks think worship is only going to a church building. In reality, our daily, round-the-clock journey of worship determines the quality of our corporate weekend worship. “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” (Romans 12:1-2 ESV)