“He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment.’” Matthew 22:37-38 HCSB
All of us live for something. Athletes live to win a championship. Authors live to write that great life’s work. Artists live to create their master- piece.
Who—or what—are you living for? Don’t be like that unknown author who wrote: “First I was dying to finish high school and start college. And then I was dying to finish college and start working. And then I was dying to marry and have children. And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough so I could return to work. And then I was dying to retire. And now, I am dying . . . and suddenly realize I forgot to live.”
So how do you truly live? True living starts by doing what you were created to do: worship!
All of us worship something. In fact, it is safe to say we worship that which we live for. However, we were made to worship God. As created beings, our most natural response is to worship our Creator. But you may not truly understand what it means to worship God. Simply put, to worship God means to love Him.
As Christians, we are recipients of the supremely magnificent, unbelievable, indescribable, unconditional, perfect love of our Savior. So our natural and reasonable response should be to love Him back with a life that honors Him and brings glory to Him.
Yes, at times, our lives are hectic, stressful, and complicated. The demands of life leave us rushing from place to place with scarcely a moment to spare, but when we fail to revere our Creator in all aspects of our lives, we have failed to worship Him properly by loving Him with all our heart.
Whom or what do you live for today? If you truly love God and place Him at the center of your life, every day is a cause for celebration. But if you fail to honor your Heavenly Father, you’re asking for trouble, and lots of it. The reason? Simple: no one can serve two masters.
Whenever we shift our object of worship away from Christ and onto something else, we discover the hard way that it is impossible to properly serve God while, at the same time, worshiping something—or someone—else. So live for God in and through all things. Worship is a life- style that is meant for a lifetime. Don’t just honor Him on Sunday mornings. Praise Him all day long, every day, for as long as you live . . . and then for all eternity.
a tip for today
You were created to worship. It’s the reason you exist and it is the one thing you will do for eternity as a child of God. So begin today with a mindset of praising Him for who He is and what He has done in your life.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”
Psalm 100:4-5 NKJV
a prayer for today
Dear Lord, today and every day I will praise You. I will come to You with hope in my heart and words of gratitude on my lips. Let me follow in the footsteps of Your Son, and let my thoughts, my prayers, my words, and my deeds praise You now and forever. Amen.
Billingsley, Charles. "Chapter 33: Eternal Praise." In Lord, Use Me: 50 Devotions for Followers of Christ, 137-140. United States of America: Charles Billingsley, 2013.