Why we come to worship
why we do what we do, is as important as what we do. if you do the right thing for the wrong reason, eventually you'll do the wrong thing. illus. the telephone salesperson... Who was criticized by her boss in front of everyone,'' patsy, that was the worst sales presentation i have ever heard.'' she writes, ''i was humiliated. I was infuriated. I was motivated. I attacked that phoning with fervor and determination.'' the next week she lead in sales and at the end of the month was top salesperson. What did she do? ''and then in childish revenge, i quit.'' pg. 107 ''cracked pots'' patsy clairmont
hebrews 4:12 for the word of god is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
mat 5:8 blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see god.
illus. six year old jason's favorite pastimes were having fun and resting. One fall day he re-appeared at the front door moments after he was sent off to catch the school bus and announced, '' i have quit school!'' his astonished mother asked,''why have you quit school?
without hesitation jason replied, ''it's too long, it's too hard, and it's too boring!'' to which his mother said, ''jason, you have just described life! Now go and get on the bus! you may have got on the bus to come here this morning, so to speak. Your motivation level may not be the highest, it's more than ''ok to be honest about that. when others were presenting a heart-felt ''sacrifice of praise'' to the lord in song...you may have been yawning? what difference does it make? is it enough just to be here. do we get points from god for just showing up?
illus. a large manufacturing plant has a sign above the door to it's employment office which reads, ''if you are like a wheelbarrow - going no farther than you are pushed - you need not apply fo ...
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