Colossians 3:17 "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him".
When you ask God to teach you something He will and it more than likely will not be in the way you thought He would or wanted Him to. I asked God to teach me how to live a lifestyle of worship. Well, my brothers and sisters, He is doing just that!
So, after much himmin and hawin today and basically on and off for the past few years, God has really turned the mirror on me. My pastor has been doing a series on family and the importance of unity in the family. I'm sharing this because God has been showing me SO many areas that He is working on and I know He desires this for all His children. But here it is:
A lot of time, as saved folk we do such a great job of joining all the ministries and being on this board and that board at church; we say the most anointed prayer, lift up holy hands and so much more. We look real good on the outside and people at church, maybe even people at work, think that we are these awesome individuals. But when we get home all these spiritual acts seem to cease. Sometimes we join so many ministries and are doing everything for everyone else, that when it comes to the ones closest to us and dearest to us; our families, we get tired and a lot of times even grumpy, basically we give them our last. Some people aren't talking to family members that live in the house with them; maybe an occasional hello and then close the bedroom door without even asking them how they are.
This grieves God, did you know that the way we treat our families is an act of worship? Who are you worshiping when you go home, is it the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? If so, it should show in the relationships closest to us. If we are doing one set of things at church and then get home and don't want to do anything for and with our families, that's a problem. God knows who we are when nobody else is around and His thoughts of us are what really matter.
If we a praying in church, we need to be praying at home.
If we are worshipping at church, we need to be worshiping at home.
If we are teaching at church, we should be teaching at home.
If we are serving at church, we should be serving at home.
Most importantly if we are exhibiting the love of God at church, we should be showing the love of God in our homes.
Worship is SO much more than singing, dancing, going to church once or twice a week and so on, praying or speaking in a microphone; it's also how we treat others and those who are closest to us. This is how we can and others can know if we are true worshipers or true wanderers.
Another thing when it comes to living a lifestyle of worship; we are always believing God for
something, but how are we doing with those possessions and relationships He has already given us. Let's do these things because we love God, that way our service and our relationships will last.