6 October 2015
True worship is to love God so much that an offering is the only possible action, even though a world full of such actions can never suffice. - Harold Best
One of the passages we read during the responsive reading at the Praise and Worship night was Acts 17:24-25:
‘The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.’
And for the last week that passage has stuck in my heart. The temptation for those of us involved in ministry is that we can think that God *needs* our service. But as this passage shows, God is not served by man as if it’s fulfilling some void in His existence. God is always for His glory first and foremost (Is 48:11). And He has invited us in to be a part of His story, but He will use any and all means to accomplish His purpose, look no further than Pharaoh’s hard heart (Exodus 9), Balaam’s donkey (Numbers 22), the man born blind (John 9) to see God uses whatever He wills for His glory.
As servant leaders we serve, not out of some desire to do something for God, but in response to who He is, out of our love for Him while recognising every act of worship and service could never scratch the surface of His worth.
Your worship to God is not playing your instrument or singing a song, your worship to God is your life fully, faithfully, humbly, obediently surrendered to Him. For His glory, and the good of those we serve.