Worship as a
Lifestyle
UNTIL THEN

We live in a time when the signs point to Jesus Christ's imminent
return.  We don't know when it will be, nor do we know when we
might reach Heaven through death.  In light of this, we have two
choices.

We can fear, taking things into our own hands, or we can
remember that God has not forgotten us - that he has provided
his salvation, his
love, and his care.

God's Word reminds us that we lack nothing.  (James 1:4)  That's
right.  We lack nothing because our faith in God, when tested, will
produce endurance in us.  Remember that this faith is IN GOD.  
It is not some independent ability to grit our teeth, but it is firmly
rooted in the person of God himself.  This God said he would
never leave us or forsake us.

Those who have faith in God will worship him because they see
who he is.  Even when the inevitable tests come, they will joyfully
look past the problems.

My grandfather was someone who extravagantly worshiped God,
even in the difficult times.  His beautiful voice could often be
heard singing, "But until then, my heart will go on singing.  Until
then, with joy I'll carry on.  Until the day my eyes behold that
city.  Until the day God calls me home".  He worshiped his
Saviour no matter what he faced because his faith was in a God
who is greater than anything and who is worthy of continual
worship.

The writer to the Hebrews gave us an idea of what a lifestyle of
worship looks like.  "Through Him then, let us continually offer
up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give
thanks to His name."  (Hebrews 13:15)  We worship on the basis
of the righteousness of Jesus Christ.  Jesus was the once and for
all sacrifice for sin that makes a way for us into the presence of
Almighty God.  We worship continually (not just for 20 minutes
on a Sunday morning). Worship is not timed.  We worship
sacrificially and when it is inconvenient.  
Paul and Silas are
examples of this (Acts 16:25)  We worship verbally, not just with
thoughts, so people can hear what is in our hearts.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  His love
and care does not change and the trials of life are only
temporary.  Some day we will have the incredible
joy of being in
his glorious presence, but "until then", let's build a
lifestyle of
worship.
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