More and more as evil is rearing it’s ugly huge head around us everywhere, I am focusing on walking the straight and narrow path with blinders on. Not blind to the souls around us, not blind to the path, not blind to the needs around us, no. Some people do that and nothing for God gets done by them other than taking care of themselves. No, I mean having the eyes of Jesus and knowing the evil is around us everywhere but focusing ahead on the goal and filling the needs we can as we go but keeping steps toward the goal. If you focus on the evil, it is easy to be distracted from the goal. The goal is important. It is not Heaven. That is just a fact, a normal progression and result of the goal. The goal is a constant, pure, personal relationship with God. If we focus on that and keep our conversation with Him (prayer) going, we can do this with His help, focus on God’s importance rather than our own (worship and contrition), and stay right on the path. Praise God for His help!
“I have chosen the way of truth; I have obeyed your laws.” – Psalm 119:30
I think by far this is what I long to be able to say when I stand before God. It is important to maintain this goal.
“I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me — to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.” – Acts 20:24
When leading worship or engaging in worship, the goal is and ever should be only to take time to relationally bask in the greatness of God our Creator, Savior and Friend. If worship ever has any motive in the world other than that, it ceases to be pure and becomes something else. Worship is a present of your time and attention to God, a way of honoring and praising His majesty, sacrifice and love. It is a relational act of service. It is an act of lifting your whole self to yield up words, songs and actions that support His greatness. The reason we worship is not actually for God only. It is to give Him the time and attention He deserves of course, but also it brings us into alignment with Him and brings us humbly to His throne of grace where we can be recharged by His glory to serve. It is a humbling of ourselves under His leadership and supremacy. That is why our motives are so important. That is why the act of worship is so important and valuable. It can be in song, as we usually think of it, but also in speech and actions and prayer. In fact, you have done well if you have incorporated all those elements of worship in a day. God created us for worship. He is pleased by it. It is a sweet smelling offering to God. He doesn’t NEED anything from us at all, including worship, but He loves it because it gives Him honor for being in such a position of strength that He does not need it. He wants our devotion because He knows He created all of us and loves us. He wants us to spend time and energy back as an acknowledgement that we know He created us and loves us. It gives us a relationship with the awesome and loving God of the universe, our Heavenly Father. He deserves our full attention and humility before Him. Worship in it’s pure form is a lifestyle. People think of it as only a corporate event done during a designated worship service. That is important too, but if that’s all ya got in this evil world, I fear you will run out of energy for service. If you make it a practice to worship the Lord with your life and lifestyle, you purposely keep yourself in alignment under God’s Lordship and authority and glory, and He will honor that beautiful heart and love you to greater strength of will and character until you reflect His image more and more. What a perfect goal!