Thursday, November 18, 2010
In some Christian traditions, worshipers show reverence to God by dressing specially, or by bowing as they enter the sanctuary, or by speaking only in hushed tones before a worship service begins. Yet it seems that most of us have lost touch with tangible signs that honor God’s holiness. I expect this has contributed to a general loss of reverence among Christians today, though it’s surely not the only reason. In recent times, we have rightly emphasized that God is our friend, but we have wrongly minimized the fact that this friend is also the holy, all-wise, all-powerful creator of the universe, a God worthy of our reverence and submission.I very much like the fact that Mark ends that with the word "submission." So often we claim God but we do not submit to Him. We sing His praises but we do not sacrifice to Him. In fact, the phrase "sacrifice of praise" that I hear so often these days is a bit silly don;t you think. Is it sacrificial to sing loud n Sunday morning? I don't think so.
Lots of people like to claim Galatians 2:20 as some sort of "life verse," but they really forget the first part of that verse, "I have been crucified with Christ..."
When was the last time you laid down your life?