Written by cycleguy on November 23rd, 2018

The idea of worship is nothing new. If we are speaking about the Bible it is a theme which dominates the pages. In Genesis, for example, we discover the Fall came when Adam and Eve failed to worship God by obeying the one command God gave. In Revelation we learn that all of history culminates in a scene of eternal worship in the presence of a loving God.

But we also find worship elsewhere. We live in a worshiping culture. The latest sports star. Musician. Author. Preacher. The list seems endless.

Jesus knew this was an issue in Mark 12:29-30: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

This will be final sermon of the Staking Your Claim series.  I’m not sure there is a better way to end a series talking about the non-negotiables of our faith than to talk about worship. If worship is honor and adoration directed to God, then it must be something we cannot do without. Perhaps Albert Einstein said it best:

“He…who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” 

I would appreciate your prayers for me and for us this weekend. In a way, we will be refocusing our thoughts from Thanksgiving to Christmas-from gratitude to awe.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Glynn says:

    I’ll praying, Bill. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Bill, that quote from Albert Einstein truly grabbed my rapt attention. When we cease to view the world with a sense of childlike wonder and awe, we are definitely as good as dead. So grateful to have had Virginia with us this weekend, as her child view of the world re-energizes ours.
    Praying for your sermon tomorrow, my friend!

  3. Lisa notes says:

    From gratitude to awe…what a beautiful season to be in! I love that Einstein quote as well. Thanks for sharing, Bill.

  4. Linda Stoll says:

    Oh yes, worship, Bill. An absolute non-negotiable of our faith. And not just on Sundays, but day in and day out, with our every breath may Jesus Christ be praised!