My friend Kelly introduced me to the SummitRDU church a couple of years ago. I had struggled with my home church because I felt there was no service that really spoke to me or fulfilled my spiritual needs, but at SummitRDU I found the worship to be meaningful and the sermons challenged me. For the past couple of weeks, Pastor J.D. has been preaching about “Searching for a King: The Story of David, King of Israel.”
Last week, “Still Small” truly spoke to me about worship and its purpose. In 2nd Samuel 6:14-15 it says, “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”
This demonstrates how David wanted God to be a big deal to others. He would humiliate himself for the Lord by dancing basically in his underwear.
What does your worship tell others about the value of God to you? Your worship puts our hunger for God on display. This truly hit me because I always say that I want my actions to speak for my faith, but do I actually do that?
Worship is our response to the Gospel. It is how we live, spend our money and our time. So based on your life, what do you worship? For me, it is apparent that I worship school work, internships and working out. And yes, I wish I spent more time with my friends, but it is obvious when looking at my planner, that I do not worship the Lord with my time. I barely fit in my 5 minute devotion each morning. This needs to change.
Worship fits right in to giving in the Christian faith. Giving is a way of worship, expressing our love for Jesus by donating our time and money to share the good news. This week the message was on “Who is Giving to Whom.”
2nd Samuel 7:1-26 shows that God is the giver and we are the receivers. He is the provider for us. God does not need us, but we should want to give back to Him. We should offer ourselves to God and do what He says to do.
Romans 10:14-15 says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ “
We must be sent to tell people about Jesus. We could go on our own, but God can do magnificent things with us if we listen to Him. So where do we start? Start the with the needs rights in front of you, in your community. Also, start with the passions God has given you. For me I know my passion if human rights issues and international work like that of International Justice Mission and World Vision.
The last thing J.D. talked about was the “disappointment principle” where God ordains failure so people will make a bigger deal out of God than out of you. This helps remind you that your joy comes from Him rather than your success. Although this is hard to accept, I know this is true. Because if everything went my way, I would become cocky and think I do not need God, but in reality, I rely on Him for everything. He is the provider so people should see Him in me.
I think these sermons fit for the nature of this season of giving. Christmas is about Jesus’ coming and His task to be the Savior we need. It is a time to worship the Lord for His gift of salvation. Christmas is about giving of yourself because of what Jesus has done for you. I know I fall to the advertisements of buying and spending on your friends, family and even yourself, but truly this season is about God. As cliche as it is, let’s put CHRIST back into Christmas.