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Laying Down Your Heart for God
by Miriam Montalvo
07/01/08
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Are you a true worshiper? In order to determine if you are a true worshiper, let's look at what worship is and what God says about worship.

John 4:23-24 states"…and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and true; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

So let's break this down and first understand what worship is as the world sees it and then how God sees it. One can say that to "worship" is to show reverence or to cherish something or someone. A phrase that is frequently used is "she worshipped the ground he walked on." Simple enough, right? But think about it for a minute, think of it's meaning. This person's heart belonged to someone else. And so we're clear "worship" can be anything or anyone. We can easily worship clothes, money, music, people and places.

Now, what does it mean to worship God? How does He view it? Worship is one of the most powerful forms of showing reverence and awe to God. Worship is taking the time to declare God's goodness and awesomeness and not just because we have to but because we want to.

You see, worship is a matter of the heart. God wants to know that your heart belongs to Him and only Him. God wants people who will lay out their hearts to Him. Giving God our heart is like giving Him a very special treasure. And although God has everything and "needs of nothing," He wants nothing more than for us to trust Him with our most prized possession, our hearts. When we do this, we are telling God we are trusting Him with out most prize possession. And our Father, being who He is, will cherish our hearts and will always protect and take care of us.

This is what God is looking for. He's looking for people who will choose to seek Him out, people who will choose to serve Him, people who will choose to let God have their hearts. Do you see the theme here? It's a matter of choice and God wants us to make the right one. When we do this we are worshipping Him in a very powerful way. We are declaring how wonderful He is because we are entrusting Him with our greatest possession, the only thing He ever wants from us, our hearts.

So I ask you now, where does your heart lie? Does it "worship" the clothes you wear or the music you listen to or the friends you hang-out with? Does your heart only care for money and possessions. Or does it bring forth God's flowing river of goodness. The matters of the heart are very important. I urge you to discover what lays in your heart and determine if you are a true worshiper, the type of worshipper our Father is constantly seeking.


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