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4-26-02 Real Motives
by David George
04/25/02
Not For Sale


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Living on earth may be expensive, but it does include a free trip around
the sun.

Many years ago I was the musician traveling with a young evangelist.
As we were going to a meeting by train (remember them?), he said to
me, "What does God want most from us, our worship or our service."
It's sort of a which came first question -- the chicken or the egg. I don't
remember how I answered his question, but I know how I would answer
it now. I believe God wants both, but He wants our service because of
our worship and not the other way around.

It is possible to do service for God without actually worshipping him. I
believe there are people who do physical work in our churches who do
not genuinely know or worship the Lord. Their work is appreciated but
in a sense it may be a social activity for them. We should work because
we worship.

We may get all excited and boistrous in what we call worship, but at
times that can be self-serving. We are doing what "we" enjoy, and our
activity may be self-centered under the assumption it is what pleases
God. I'm sure God appreciates our enthusiasm, but I would assume that
He would appreciate more "go" than "show." Our true worship to Him
is a dedicated daily and consistent walk with God. He wants to see how
straight we walk when the rubber hits the road. That's the true test of
worship.

Jesus was quoting Isaiah when He said in Matt. 15:8 (nlt), "These
people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away." Perhaps
some self-examination would help. What is our real motive in worship
-- gratification or glorification?

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