Happy Advent 4 (almost Christmas)!
The Mayans were wrong; and we’re still here (is anyone actually shocked?) And now we get to prepare for a grand celebration as we continue to wait for Jesus. But don’t worry; you don’t have to run around scrambling to find that perfect gift. You don’t have to rack your brain trying to figure out what to give the King of the universe for his birthday. After all…what do you give someone who has everything? You give him the one thing that we can give and the one thing that he desires the most.
That’s what Jesus wants…our worship. And not just on Sunday mornings (or at Christmas and Easter or other times we find ourselves in a church building) but God wants our worship everyday, 24/7, 365 (or 366) days a year. Our worship is all that is desired.
It may not seem like much but God is pleased when we give him everything that we are; when we come before him with our songs of praise and thanks; when we lifts our hearts up to him. For you see…worship is a response of faith; it flows out of your love for God. And if we are worshiping God with all our being…well…God is excited.
Too many people, though, think that worship is about being entertained…it’s not. It’s about giving ourselves to God. And if we are refreshed or encouraged then great…praise be to God. For anything we get out of worship is a gift from God to be used for his glory; to lead us back to worship. So in the end, worship is not about how we benefit but rather what we can give back to God. If you have the mentality that worship is all about you then you’re being selfish. It’s like going to a Christmas celebration with the sole expectation of bringing a great haul of gifts home.
This Christmas give back to Jesus the very thing he desires from you…your worship. Praise HIM with all that you are. Thank HIM for all that he has given you. And worship HIM always and forever.
Merry Christmas and Amen!
The pastor -|—