Friday, September 18, 2015


It's Not About Feeling Good

Matthew Westerholm writes about how to worship on a bad day:
When you know how the story ends, everything changes.

So, believer, how does your story end?

With a resurrection. Your perishable, dishonored, weak, and fallen body will likely die (unless Jesus returns first). But it will be raised as imperishable, glorious, powerful, and spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:42–44). In your flesh, you shall see God (Job 19:26).

With a reunion. Though you have not seen him, you love him (1 Peter 1:8). Your cry for your “Abba, Father” will be answered as you are swept into his arms. Your story ends with you seeing Jesus face-to-face.

And with a wedding. Your bridegroom comes on the clouds with a glorious entourage of angels to bring you the home that he has been preparing for all eternity. Our small tastes of the coming kingdom will be fulfilled with a feast — a wedding feast. Start planning for your wedding!

Are you trying to worship on a bad day? As you gather with your church for worship, look for reminders about the ending. Because of the ending, we can be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). Today, allow God’s promised glorious ending to shape your experience of your circumstances.
Let em translate that, "Are you trying to feel happy when you don't." Talk about insight lite. Worship is not about attitude or feeling - it's not something you have to be pumped for - it is something you do becasue you are a child of God. Worship is a matter of obedience, not feeling. Worship is a result of God's on a throne and you are not.

Yes, sometimes it'll be wonderful and you will feel like you are floating away on a a stream of music. But most of the time you do it becasue it is what you are supposed to do when you have received grace beyond measure. The grace only a sinner can receive.



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