“God saved us for something.” Those words rang in my head all day Sunday. I kept asking myself…What is holding me back from God’s purpose? Three words that Pastor Dan spoke helped me start this process of identifying God’s purpose for my life. It all starts with genuine worship of the only One worthy of our worship. Pastor Dan said John 4:24 says what it looks like to worship God fully, in both spirit and truth. If we are to worship God in that way we have to understand that worship is “a response to who God is and what He does.” How can I do that? Three words jumped out at me in Sunday’s message.
God, What is it You want out of my life? Romans 12:1 is a good place to start to understand that I am to present my body as “a living sacrifice.” That’s a big deal.
Is my life being saturated with thoughts about God? The best way to do that is to regularly dive into God’s word. God’s word is living and is God’s primary answer to everything! If you are praying regularly and not hearing from God, maybe He wants to speak to you through His word. When I realized that, it changed how I read Scripture and how God speaks to me. I encourage you to try it.
Am I living a life of sacrifice Pastor Dan says: Sacrifice is giving up something I love for something I love MORE. So what do I really love? I love football: college, pro, high school, whatever. God has repeatedly called me to do things on my normal football Sundays at the church to help me let go of something I love (football) for something I love more (God and His church). That’s why you see me on most Sundays serving: because God has asked me to start sacrificing for Him. You may think that giving up football is not a sacrifice but it is to me! I lived for football and would spend hours every day watching games or reading about teams!
If I can really get these 3 core principles of genuine worship down how amazing would my become? The cost of following Jesus is NOTHING compared to the cost of not following Jesus. Our lives become infinitely greater when we enter into a relationship with Him.
God created us to live an amazing life with Him: a life on purpose. I’m ready. Ready to get out the audience and into the army. Thanks Pastor Dan for a great message!
Stephen loves working with Grace students, and in his spare time is a dietitian. He’s married to Elise, and they are expecting their first baby next year!