Fresh Hope – 25th June 2020

The word, ‘worship’ comes from the word, ‘worth’. This means we worship what we value. What you deem worthy is what you will worship. 

You were born to worship. It is in your DNA. As natural as it is to eat, so it is natural for you to worship. Why are you a worshipper? Because you were created to LOVE. You worship what you love. 

The big question is: what are you worshipping? We all worship something, we can’t help it. 

When you love something, you make sacrifices. Sometimes the sacrifice is easy, sometimes it is hard. The point is that all through history, worship is connected to sacrifice. Love is connected to sacrifice. 

So if you want to know what you worship, look at what you will make sacrifices for. You could make sacrifices for good things like your job, or your family, but the question is, where does God fit amongst these things? Is He after? Is He somewhere in the middle, or is He worshipped ABOVE these things? 

Frankly, when we worship the wrong things, it is called idolatry. Yes, even good things can become idols. Your spouse can become an idol, your kids, your job, your church, your ministry, people’s opinions. 

All immortality flows from idolatry. What you worship, you end up obeying. What you worship, you end up becoming. Be careful what you make sacrifices for, and the order of your sacrifice. When your worship is disordered, your life becomes disordered. 

Ironically, when your sacrifice is in order, and is entirely fixed on ‘one thing’ (Psalm 27:4), and your ‘seeking first’ to worship God (Matthew 6:33), your life comes into order. 

Check the order of your sacrifice. Check the order of your worship. 

Romans 12:1, reminds us that in light of the sacrifice Jesus made for us, we in turn sacrifice our own lives (note, we don’t just sacrifice our Sundays, we sacrifice our LIFE), as an act of worship. ‘…By the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.’

Emma Burchell

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