Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Tombstones are predictable. Each contains two dates – the birth date and the death date. In between is a dash, which represents the expanse of the person’s life. The dash makes one wonder what transpired during the person’s life. No matter what happened, the person’s story is complete. For those who still live, God gives us the opportunity to impact on our “dash” through life. How’s it going for you?
Roman philosopher, statesman, and playwright Seneca observed, “We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there were no end of them.” God numbers our days, even if we ignore our mortality. For example, if you live to the age of seventy, you will have lived over 25,000 days. That’s a lot of days, but I don’t think I’ve met a seventy year old who didn’t remark on how fast their life had passed. Additionally, most seventy year olds wish to live a few more years. Aside from our queasiness with death, however, what purpose is there in living longer?
The answer: God has a plan for our lives. He first wants us to recognize Him. “For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God had made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20).
Every society, no matter how advanced or primitive, has postulated the existence of a divine being. The human race is wired to wonder about the purpose of life, why we were put here, and what we are expected to do with our time on Earth. Without a God to serve, it is easy to conclude life is pointless or has no meaning.
There is a God, who has made it plain He exists. This same God created all the matter in the Universe along with the laws of physics the matter must obey – gravity, chemical reactions, electromagnetic forces, and more. Being created from matter, our body components must obey these same laws. As beings with soul and spirit, we must also obey spiritual laws. This requirement separates us from all other living organisms.
Our purpose and obligation in life is to worship God. He created us for His benefit, not ours. We are called to give Him glory, honor His purposes, and bring Him delight through obedience and by helping others. These things bring pleasure to God, which is called worship. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” (Psalm 150:6).
An infinite God can be worshiped and praised in infinite ways. “Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty Heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and the lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the resounding clash of cymbals.” Psalm 150:1-5).
The Psalm tells us God can be worshiped anytime, anywhere, and with any type of music that honors Him. Random acts of kindness performed in His name also are worship (Matthew 25:40). Appropriate dancing can be worship (2 Samuel 6:14-15). Anything offered to God in Spirit and Truth is an act of worship.
Worship is not for your benefit; it is for God’s. However, acts of worship go beyond simply pleasing God, they bring you blessings. Worshiping also stores up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). Whereas our Earthly treasures, trophies, and possessions will pass away (Revelation 21:1), those we store in Heaven are eternal. Our worship makes an impact on our eternity.
It is normal to make our first priority the worship of God. We were created to worship and to please Him. Worshiping is not part of your life, it is your life. If we fail to worship Him, we inevitably worship something else, which is idolatry (Deuteronomy 5:7-8), which displeases Him. Our dash through life can seem more like a marathon, but a race of any length has a start and a finish. These dates will appear on your tombstone. What will you do to make your dash worthwhile?
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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