Worship as a
Lifestyle
WORSHIPING WITH OUR EYES

Worship is intrinsically connected to sight. The writer to the
Hebrews said, “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and
perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Those who first read these
words knew that Jesus had long since ascended to the Father.
So, what did the writer to the Hebrews mean?

I have noticed that there are some people who have two sets
of eye glasses. One set is for looking at things at a distance
and the other set is for reading purposes. To use distance
glasses to read does not work, and the same can be said of
reading glasses when trying to look down a road.

We have a similar situation when it comes to seeing Jesus.
We cannot see him with temporal glasses. We must see him
with our spirit's eyes. That is called faith.

Recently I was asked questions that could not be easily
answered. As a Pastor, it is a difficult problem when you
cannot offer an answer to a genuine query. Nevertheless, I
suggested that we need to change the eye glasses. Let me
explain. Trying to understand the infinite and eternal God
through the lenses of this life can distort
who he is. There is
no one like Him - no prototype, no comparison.

Sadly, many do not commit their lives to God simply because
they cannot see him with their physical eyes. But that is like
trying to see him with the wrong lenses. Our worship
transcends this immediate and  temporary life. On the other
hand, we can worship God no matter what is going on in our
lives for the very reason that he
is beyond this life. Job knew
this (Job 1:20). David knew this also (2 Samuel 12:20). When
tragedy struck them in the most horrific ways, they
worshipped God. I submit that they were wearing the correct
spiritual eye glasses in those moments.

How can some people continue to worship God through the
trials and pains of life while others choose to turn their back
on the creator and worship themselves? It all comes down to
clear vision. Troubles surround us and they test how we see
God. Do we see him as our
loving Father, our friend, our
comfort, our help, and our hope? Some may argue that faith is
foolhardy, but not if you want to see things as they really are.
You will never go wrong when you worship in spite of your
circumstances. In fact, you will be able to face trouble with the
benefit of
peace because your trust is in the one who will not
disappoint you.

The apostle John wrote, “See how great a love the Father has
bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and
such we are” (1 John 3:1). He goes on to teach that, even
though we see God's love, we still do not see what our future
will look like. His point is that we can be optimistic simply
because of what we have already come to understand about
God.

Another man who could see things well is the apostle Paul.
Even though he experienced many trials, including numerous
beatings, he was able to say, “We do not lose heart, but
though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being
renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is
producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all
comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are
seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are
eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

The reality of who God is does not change when we hurt. He is
the same. He has always been, and will forever be, good,
great, and loving. So, when life hits you between the eyes,
worship God in faith, and watch everything else fall into
proper focus.                            
                                                  
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