Last week we learned that Worship is to present our beings as living sacrifices unto God. We learned that a living sacrifice requires the laying down of one life in order to see God resurrect another. In other words, when we deny ourselves and die to self, our new life in Christ would be resurrected. We learned two weeks ago that Abraham was willing to give up the very thing that God had blessed him with, believing that God was even able to raise Isaac up from the dead.
Giving ourselves as a living sacrifice to God is more than just denying the flesh and laying our lives on the altar, it is living a LIFE OF WORSHIP. Listen, YOUR LIFE IS A WORSHIP. The question is who or what is the object of worship. If it is God, you want your life to count for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 "...whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
This verse in Colossians 3 is followed by an exhortation to husbands and wives in how to treat each other. He goes on to encourage bondservants to obey their masters. In other words, we would say workers or employees work for your employer as if he were Jesus.
Do all that you do as a praise unto God. Look at what Paul says down in vs 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
• On my job, I want to be the best I can be, not to look good in front of people, but that I may bring praise to God!
• In my relationship with my wife, I want people to see the relationship between Christ and the church, how Jesus laid His life down for us and His bride who is the church is following the lead of their Authority in love.
• If you are a student in school, give yourself to your academics as if it is God who is encouraging you.
? Here is what happened to me when I was in college.
? Before I came to know the Lord, I was worshiping at the shrine of alcohol (remember I said before, YOUR LIFE IS A WORSHIP but the question is What is the object of your worship. I was commuting to college, but my heart was not in it. I was not focused. I was not thinking about the future. I was thinking about what fun I would have on the next weekend or what drinking event was next. I mean everything we did was centered around alcohol. Play Golf and drink, bowling and drinking, fishing and drinking, playing in the rock band and drinking, Road trips and drinking, drinking and drinking.
? We worshiped at the shrine of alcohol. The bar was the church, The bartender was the pastor, the spirit was on the top shelf, and the pastor was serving the spirit and there was fellowship all around the worship of alcohol and getting smashed.
? In 1983 toward the end of my college career, I smashed the idol worship of alcohol and drugs and turned my life over to Jesus Christ and have been serving Him and Him alone ever since! ...
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