Becoming a disciple: The benefits of worship

Scripture – Deuteronomy 8:17-19

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.

Observation

It’s so easy to become proud of our education, our skills, our experiences – all of which enable us to get through life and provide for ourselves and our families. It’s easy to forget that all of it came from God. When we forget that God gave us the ability to learn skills, get experience and gain education, we consciously or subconsciously give the credit to something or someone else: often ourselves.

We can become our own God. Education can become our God. Experiences can become our God. Popularity can become our God.

As Moses warns the Israelites not to forget that God is the one who has given them all these things lest they be destroyed, we can take the same warning: if we attribute what we have to ourselves or to anything or anyone other than God, a door is opened, decay will set in and destruction will be the end result.

Application

We need to watch ourselves and watch our friends for signs of pride. We can’t be proud of our achievements, our education or our stuff. God is the one who has given us the ability to gain these things, but out of mercy he will just as quickly take them away if pride and idolatry creep into our hearts.

So how do we maintain a pure heart that never forgets that God is the ultimate provider of everything?

Worship. We think that worshiping God is something that we need to do because it somehow feeds him or sustains him. Of course God desires us to worship him – he is so worthy – but often we overlook the fact that it’s more for our benefit that for his.

As we worship and give thanks to God for everything in our lives, a right perspective is realigned in our minds and hearts; pride is replaced with humility and our constant dependence on God becomes clear.

Let us all spend 30 minutes really worshiping God today. Crank up the music, give thanks to God for anything and everything we can think of, and remind ourselves of his faithfulness and everything about him. Let’s see what it does for the soul…

Prayer

Jesus, I repent today of pride in my heart. I ask you to plant in my heart the words Moses spoke to the Israelites so that I will never forget that everything in my life comes from you. Help me set aside 30 minutes today to truly worship my heart out. Thank you for being so patient with me. I want to know you more and more each day. In your name, amen.

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