12/1/2013 by Warren Green
The Glory of God: Worship
I Corinthians 1:26-31
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are,
so that no one may boast before him.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
Jesus came as the embodiment of God’s Glory. He was born, lived, died, and rose again to point this world to the hope and redemption made available only through Him. In Him we find a completely new life - the old me is dead - the new me is alive because of Jesus. This is the simple message of the Gospel. It is powerful enough to change the life of the most hardened sinner, but gentle and simple enough for a child to grasp.
What is my reaction to this message? I have a choice - accept what Jesus did for me, repent, and give Him my life OR reject Him and His gift of salvation and a new life.
Worship moves to the center of my life once I accept my new life in Jesus. Jesus becomes the object of my true worship - the only rightful object of my worship.
Definition of Worship: reverent honor and homage paid to God, or to any object regarded as sacred.
“ Here’s how the New Living Translation version of the Bible puts it:
If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comarison — your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters … (Luke 14:26 NLT).
The NLT says “hate.” The Contemporary English Version says “love me more.” The most accurate understanding of what Jesus is requiring of his followers is a combination of these two translations. Jesus is most likely conveying the idea of “love me more,” but “hate” is also accurate, because it captures the degree to which we love Jesus more. Imagine that the different loves of your life are competing in a race to see who wins first place. Jesus, your spouse, your children, a best friend, and a sibling are all lined up on the starting block. “The idea isn’t that Jesus comes in first place in this race. What Jesus is describing here is more accurately understood by picturing a race for first place in your life and he is the only one on the track. Jesus isn’t just saying, “I want to be first place in your life.” He is saying, “I don’t even want there to be a second place.” When we compare our relationship with him to anyone else there should be no competition. Fans will try and make Jesus one of many. Some fans may even make Jesus the first of many. But when Jesus defines the relationship he makes it clear; he wants to be your one and only.”
The events around Jesus’ birth are built on worship of God and His Glory in the form of Jesus
Luke 1:28 - announcement to Mary - “rejoice”
Luke 1:41 - John leaped in the womb of Elizabeth in the presence of Jesus
Luke 1:46-47 - Mary’s song
Luke 1:67-68 - Zacharias praising God
Luke 2:7 - Jesus’ birth
Luke 2:8-14 - the proclamation of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds
Luke 2:15-17 - the shepherds’ reaction
Matthew 2:11 - the wise men with Jesus
5 Ways to Worship:
The Word - Acts 2:42, Acts 4:2
Prayer - Acts 4:24
Singing - Acts 16:25
Giving - James 2:15-17, 2 Corinthians 9:7
Fellowship - Acts 2:42
All worship involves a sacrifice of some kind - time, energy, monetary, self
4 Hinderances to Worship:
Disobedience - Ezekiel 33:31
Sin - Isaiah 1:13, Psalm 66:18
Show - Matthew 6:5, James 4:3
Unforgiveness - Matthew 5:23-24
When is the last time you worshiped? Not sang, but worshiped? True Worship of the people changes a church! True Worship of a church changes a community!