As a Christian,
we should let our worship become a way of life, not a one hour a week relationship. It should invoke a lifestyle change
in that our lives reflect our faith—and everyone can see it in our actions. The word worship may be a stumbling
block for some, but it is basically “all your interactions with God”. In other words, worship is not a onetime
action, but an ongoing relationship—every moment. In this lifestyle change, everyone around you is blessed in
you being a Christian. We have said on many an occasion, “Make yourself the best you can be and all those around
you will be blessed!” This included your family, friends, people you work with, and everyone that you encounter
in your daily activities. “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the
lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16
This new life
we find in our faith, should be changing our behavior, our attitudes, even our personality. We have always said how
only God can change our basic personalities. This is true in the strictest sense of the word. You may try to change
your life by self-help books and programs, by meditations and false beliefs, but the only true way to change is to embrace
the living God—the Power of the Holy Spirit indwells in you. This is always a positive and inspirational change
that makes a permanent change in your life. Oh, you can become entangled with the ways of the world and “lose
your first love”, but you will always have the Spirit striving to lead you back to His purpose for your life.
This is the Change that makes a difference for the rest of your life. “For you
are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, and
they shall be My people.’” 2 Corinthians 6:16
The Bible tells
us how we can have a “new life” by faith in Jesus’ sacrifice and that new life can make an awesome difference
in who we are. The one who hates learns to love, the one that is angry finds peace, the one that is hurting finds comfort.
Matthew 5:3-12 tells us of all these things. In the early Church, they learned this lesson of changed lives. “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they
ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart…” Acts 2:46 Each day they were displaying the
changed life and sharing that joy with all who would listen to their testimony. To have a changed lifestyle is a byproduct
of knowing God in this special and life changing way. To know the God who created all things is an important part of
becoming mature. Maturity is not just growing up, it is becoming the person God intended you to become.
Once we come to the realization that being a Christian is all about having a changed lifestyle, we find it easier to rely
upon God’s guidance in our lives. We find we do not worry so much for we are being watched over by a loving and
caring God. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship
with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
I John 1:7 This Scripture should bring to us a joy and peace about our lives in that no matter what happens to
us, we can know that we are in His hands, and that for His children, we are loved in such a very special way. God will
never forsake or leave us.
This then leads us to the ultimate responsibility, we must get involved in sharing this relationship—we must get involved
in His Kingdom Work! We must live our faith so that all can see the “Hope” that is in us. This Hope
changes us so that others see and it drives us into a world of striving to do something for Him. We should wake up each
morning saying, “Lord, where are you working already and may I join in?” For you see, God is not passive,
but is already doing great deeds in our world today. There are multitudes that are in His service and we should want
to be a part of that “army” for God. First, we must have this lifestyle change spoken of earlier, but after
that we should be on fire for His service. Our goals should not be new and better cars, homes, or another material possession,
but for His Kingdom. We should always strive to find our place in His work; thus, fulfilling our purpose!
“11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire;
and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone's work which
he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned, he
will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not
know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
I Corinthians 3:11-16 Works do not save us, but they tell of our devotion to the One who loves us. If you are
in fear your works are superficial, then you need to “seek” God’s leadership by the Holy Spirit that lives
in you. He is already there, all you must do is open your heart to His leadership.
The Church is no different, in that we as one, should seek God’s
guidance and never forget to honor Him. There should not be any part-time worshipers in our midst. We know that
this is difficult for many to embrace for they believe their relationship is enough. That should be a sign that they
are not embracing the fullness of God. For those who truly seek to worship God find that there is never enough time
or opportunities to serve and honor Him. We must embrace His teachings—the Bible—and seek to know Him, for
He already desires to know us!