Today I was inspired to write a quick note about a sermon I heard yesterday in church. David Perkins came in and guest spoke for my church’s (Cross Points Church) missions month. This particular sermon really had me thinking and evaluating, so I thought I would share!
“Worship is a response to something we value most.”
This was a HUGE statement for me. I value a lot of things. I love my sports teams, I love my family and friends, I love Netflix (you can see my post from two weeks ago to fully understand), I love to read and write, I love to play the piano, and so much more! What happens when we value something? We spend our time there, we spend our money there, we focus our thoughts there, etc. Those things that I value aren’t bad things, however they sometimes get in the way of what I should value MOST. I don’t want to worship materialism, or even my family! But if I put them at my highest value point, as I so often do, I am indeed worshipping something that is not intended to be worshiped.
If I spent as much time learning about and building a relationship with the Lord than I do watching The Office, or if I spent as much money (or some financial contribution) as much as I do to attend a Chiefs or Royals game, what would happen? What would it look like?
I think the Lord has called us out to step above and beyond what we on a regular base give him. I challenge you (and myself), as we go on break, spend time with Him. If you normally spend 15 minutes a day, start there and slowly increase the time daily. Next take the challenge to give money, if you are a student I understand the sacrifice… but I think that is why it is of so much value… it is a sacrifice. Give money to your church, find a ministry or charity you believe God has given you a passion for, or (since this month is missions month at our church) help raise money for missionaries around the world.
It may seem challenging at first, but I think this will slowly change my priorities of what I value most. When you find something with that high a priority of value, it becomes the standard and measure that everything else must be compared to. That is the life I want to live! Take the challenge with me this Thanksgiving break!
Also this picture is from a worship night by Bethel Music. How cool would it have been to be there??!!
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