The Worship of Obedience

When God told Abraham to lay his son, Isaac, on the altar and sacrifice him what was going through his head? I mean, to have such a request asked of him by God must have been shocking and horrifying at the same time yet, Abraham was willing. Even to the point of tying him down, laying him on the altar and raising the knife, yet, God in His infinite mercy and abundant love provided a ram, a way of escape for Abraham because of his obedience.
 
Sometimes in our lives God asks us to do things in obedience. Maybe not to the extreme of the previous example but nevertheless something to test our obedience and willingness to follow through with His will. What we do or don’t do is part of our worship to God and many times what He asks of us takes a sacrifice.
In teaching the members of our worship team at Living Waters Church, I always make a point to remind them that our worship to God is what we say, what we do, and what we think. We have to make a conscious, daily decision to worship Him. A decision to worship Him with our thoughts, with our actions, with our words, with everything that we are and admittedly sometimes if not all the time that is hard. There is so much around us to influence us otherwise or to distract us from His will. Often times, God is asking us to lay down and sacrifice our will, our motives, our wants, our desires, our pride, our ways of thinking. The Bible tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL THESE THINGS will be added unto us (Matthew 6:33). Simply put, when we put first things first and seek to worship Him and seek His ways, His thoughts, His Kingdom, everything we desire, every need we have will be met.
 
What is he asking you to lay down? What is He asking you to be obedient in doing? Obedience is always better than sacrifice. Simply put, we can go through the motions of “worship” and never really be doing the Father’s will if we’re not being obedient to what He has asked us to do. Seek to listen and seek to be obedient. That is your worship to God and in being obedient in your worship you will find all that you need.
 
Pray this prayer and ask God to help you in your worship:
Father, I thank You for the ability to worship You. I thank You for a mind to think Your thoughts, a mouth to speak Your words and sing your praises, and hands to do Your work. I ask that as you speak to me today and every day that my spiritual ears would be open to hear You and that Your Holy Spirit would help me to be obedient to what You are speaking to me. I repent for my past disobedience and pray that you would help me to be obedient to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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One Response to “The Worship of Obedience”

  1. Rebecca Whittington says:

    Great words and great advice..The eyes of the Lord roam to and fro looking for those who will be obedient..Do it his way , so that HE can show himself mighty through and on our behalf..When he finds us , he will always show up and show out.

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