Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Function of Worship is Foundational: We Walk With Humility

Scripture: Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Insights: Today is the last day this week for Thoughts by Scott and we conclude with the last segment regarding worship with the Lord and that is humility.  If we are going to walk humbly with our God, we must first confess our sins, then repent from our transgressions, and finally claim and walk in the freedom found in God’s forgiveness.  I believe the tax collector in Jesus’ parable apply portrays this posture as he beat his chest and cried out, “Forgive me a sinner.”  Jesus said this man went home justified before God rather than the religious ruler who boasted in all he had done to earn God’s favor.  All this religious leader did was point to his self-serving pride.  As I close this week there is one last thought I wish to leave with you and it is this:  Notice where the three aspects of worship to the Lord were taking place.  In other words, when the people were attempting to placate God with their worship through the facade of forms they were in the temple “worshipping” God.  The three areas of worship the Lord said was good all took place outside the temple.  In other words, the people worshipped God while doing right in the midst of the community.  The people worshipped God while being merciful to those less fortunate than themselves.  The people worshipped God while they walked in humility before a watching world.  I titled our sermon this past week off of the youth’s testimony time the previous week.  The sermon was titled Does Your Worship Make the World Wonder?  As our youth told us, God is working in this world.  When we see God working, we worship Him and as we learned our worship takes on the form of service to a lost world.  As we worship Him, the world wonders at our lives.  When they wonder and start to ask us the reason for our unusual lives, we tell them about Jesus.  Beloved, I pray you are worshipping the Lord every day and that the world is wondering and asking you what makes your life different.  Let our lives bring glory to the Lord!

1.  Would those around you be able to describe you as being humble or self-serving?
2.  In what ways does Jesus display of humility help encourage you to walk in humility?

Prayer: Father, I am a very arrogant individual at times.  Forgive me when I walk in such a manner that tries to detract from Your glory and to steal what is rightfully Yours.  Transform my heart and let me live a life of humility before You as I walk the journey of life with You.  Amen.

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