Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, had a line that said, “To thine own self be true.”
How often have we fooled ourselves into thinking we’re O.K. when we’re not. How often are we going through the motions of living, but not really living? How often do we do things out of habit, rather than with thought or feeling or interest? Some habits are well and good, such as brushing and flossing our teeth, paying our bills…and the list goes on and on. This can also carry over into the spiritual things we do, such as going to church, reading the Bible, and prayer, perhaps out of a mindless habit, or at least half-heartedly.
More and more in the past few years, I’ve felt God moving me to think about what I’m going to do before doing it, then to do it with purpose and intent from the heart, with conviction. With this understanding, I want to sincerely and passionately pursue my relationship with my Lord Jesus, and to love Him with a pure motive. My motivation?
Because He first loved me, and paid with His sinless life for my pardon and forgiveness!
This makes Christ worthy of my worship! My friend, let us both examine our hearts, and ask ourselves, “Am I true?”
John 4:23-26…”the true worshippers shall worship the father in spirit and in thuth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him…”
Webster defines worship as: 1. Prayer or service showing reverence for a deity. 2. Intense love, admiration, etc. So, a worshipper is one who gives sincere honor and respect, true love and admiration to his or her God. And notice, “The Father seeks such” true hearted ones to worship Him, and not only Him, but His Son, Jesus also.
Philippians 2:5-11…”Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus stated in Matthew 15:7-9…”This people draw near unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. IN VAIN they do worship Me.”
When was the last time we truly drew near to God with our whole heart and loved him with all our might? (Mark 12:30) Have we been worshipping self,
or perhaps placing someone or something above God? When was the last time we were true with ourselves, and then true with God? This message isn’t just about church, it’s talking about life. From the time He graciously wakes us up to a new day, after a night of peaceful sleep, then throughout the day long, while He blesses us with provision and protection. With each heartbeat, and each breath He gives us, we should offer up our praise to Him, with a true and grateful heart.
There’s a powerful song sung by Matthew West that reminds me to be real, rather than a pretender. It’s called “The Motions”. “I don’t want to go through the motions, I don’t want to go one more day, without Your all consuming passion inside of me. I don’t want to spend my whole life asking, what if I had given everything, instead of going through the motions. Lord, take me all the way.”
It’s all about him! Revelation 5:6-13 “Worthy is the Lamb”
This new year, with each new day, let us together worship Him in truth and in spirit, now, and into eternity. May God bless us as we bless Him.
George Randall Jr., is minister to youth at Rocky Ford Christian Church in Cana, Virginia and a member of the Mount Airy Ministerial Association.