Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Worship is the foundation for the rich Christian life

Over the last several days, I have had multiple reminders of what the most important role of the believer is, that of worshiper. In Matthew 22:35-38 we read Jesus' own words in which he quoted Moses from the book of Deuteronomy,

One of them [the Pharisees], an expert in the law, tested him with the question: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment" (Matthew 22:35 - 38, NIV).

Loving God with all that we are and all that we have is the foundation of the rich Christian life. In this passage, our worship comes as a command, but in reality it should be our chief passion and highest desire.

When our love for God becomes all consuming, all other aspects of our lives will fall into their proper place. Our love for others, whether it's our families, friends, neighbors, the poor, or even our enemies will become our second highest priority.

If our worship is in line with God's desires, we will also live a generous life. We will understand the joy of giving back to the Lord through our churches and to the poor because we desire to become more like Him. God the Father gave us His Son as the ultimate sacrifice for our salvation. The Son willingly gave His life for us in obedience to the will of His Father. The least we can do is give back to Him, because He first gave everything for us.

So, how about you, Christian? How's your worship? Are you spending daily time in the Word and talking to the Lord throughout the day? Are you consistent in your corporate worship each week through your church attendance? Are you giving your time, talent, and money away for the sake of the Kingdom because you love God with everything you've got?


  1. Many people believe with tithe to support the church...but in essence, it is just as you stated in this article. When we become more Christlike, we choose to give with generosity as Christ does. Thanks for this post! :)

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  2. While I couldn't agree with you more, I confess there are days that go by when I don't give my whole life to Jesus with praise. This has been something I have struggled with for a long time. One of the main things I do to remind me to praise God is listening to Christian worship music. I use to play Christian music whenever my computer is turned on.. Or I use my mp3 player to hear powerful songs of praise. It helps me to have a constant feed of music that lifts me closer to God instead of dragging me down...

    Anyway, just thought I'd let you know what helps me.