Be Still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Today’s world is insane! It is no wonder that almost every single person feels overwhelmed by the world. Between social media sites, tweets, instant picture postings and 24×7 news, sport, entertainment and financial alerts and access. The average person is bombarded with information constantly. And this is not an American thing, this is a world-wide person thing. With the distribution of networks, internet routing, smartphones, laptops and tablets, people all over the world have instant access to almost anything. Or maybe, just maybe, I should say instant distraction. I will confess that even now as I write this posting God has prompted me to write I have my television on and am distracted by the show Quantum Leap.
What does all this have to do with worship? Merriam-Webster defines it as “to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion“. Worship is so much more than going to a church service called service. It means that the person gives God all of their adoration and attention. Their whole focus is on who they are worshiping, not the boy ahead of them or the grocery list or the ball game or the latest beep, tweet or buzz from your device.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil 4:8
If there is anything worthy of praise, what could be more worthy of praise? Or of our time and attention.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt 6:31-33
One last thought, so much of our teaching, preaching and evangelizing, things we are all called and qualified. (Romans 8:30) It’s what others see that shows them the truth. When we share our music, our life, our focus, our definition of what God means to us and what we mean to Him; AND, what we allow to distract us from Him.
Dear Jesus, Help me to remember what really matters in life. Help me to remember that when I work, I do it for You. Remind me to be generous with my money, my time, and my love because You are always generous with me. Amen.