We must not let our work distract us from God. We must consistently remind ourselves that we belong to God and not to ourselves. And if we are truly His, then our desire is to reflect His glory in everything we say, think or do.
Consider these words of the Apostle Paul:
19 Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary.
20 You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, The Passion Translation
The Corinthian Christians were a bunch of incorrigible believers who abused grace in the name of grace. In his letter, Paul reminded them to remember not to forget their identity and security in Christ, of their true worth and value in the eyes of God and of their new and supernatural life in the Spirit. Simply put, we are made to worship, to “use our bodies” to bring glory and honour to God. And if we lose our vision and focus on the person God created us to be, we will lose our perspective and purpose which God has for us.
Too often we make a separation in what we believe and the way we live our lives.
Worship is not a habit or hobby; it is the very reason for our being. If your life is not centred on worship, then it is centred on something else. And anything not centred on God can’t be good. Such a life creates a sense of estrangement from God, plaguing you with guilt and condemnation. This explains why most of us find it difficult to live the seamless avodah life because we have compartmentalized our lives into various segments, where we try to fit God somewhere into our busy schedules than making God first and keeping Him first.
Centre your life not around work, but in worship. Give yourself fully to God, for it is through worship, you will find a deep sense of belonging and real transformation. In other words, worship reveals you belong to a different reality which rises above your daily routines and into the realm of the supernatural.
Let God shine through you, in your worship, work and service—for He deserves the glory, honour and highest praise. Hallelujah!
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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