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So, what’s the difference between “Works” and a “Corresponding Action”?
Read Romans 4:1-8 (NKJV) – Abraham Justified by Faith.
“Works” has a heart that is bent on performance, earning, and achieving. For example, the Israelites who tried to earn and achieve did all the right things with little success. Pharisees who were doing all the right actions but with a heart that put performance over people.
“Corresponding Action” is inspired by a humble heart bent to give and sacrifice. Abraham reflects this corresponding action with Isaac (Genesis 22) when God tells Abraham to take his beloved son and sacrifice him. David’s corresponding action with Goliath (1 Samuel 17) was sacrificial, a heart to GIVE ALL even to death. Hosea displayed corresponding action with Gomer the prostitute (Book of Hosea), a willingness to show unconditional love despite shame or appearance.
The difference between Works & Corresponding action is simply, so that … rather than because of…
- I bring my wife flowers so that things end well … I have a motive to get something.
- I bring her flowers because of my love and affection for her regardless of what it nets me.
How often in our worship time do we take a so that attitude rather than because of? Can you see the difference? A corresponding action (sacrifice) is a gift to God declaring that he is worthy, and we are not. It is also, by definition, difficult. A sacrifice hurts, it’s costly, it takes effort—and the ultimate sacrifice cost the Messiah, Jesus Christ, his life. Likewise, for us, a sacrifice of worship won’t always be easy and effortless, but difficult and costly. We must get away from our thoughts and feelings and focus on Him, the author of faith that can move mountains.
Key Passage: Mark 11:22-24, NKJV
23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
How do we put our Faith in worship?
The worst thing that worship can be is performance. Performances try to earn a response based on our goodness or achievement. It tries to achieve a personal standard based on our own abilities. In 2020 we use different terminology rather than “performance”, we now call it an “experience”. Even the church is guilty of creating an experience for the congregation.
Worship in the Word is primarily a verb, an action. When we refer to it as a “worship experience” we make it a noun, a singular moment rather than a continuous action. Worship then turns into a moment that just for me. If I like the singers on stage, if I like the songs, if I like how the media did it, then all is good. What if we didn’t like all those things and I “couldn’t get into the worship experience”? Then worship has simply become about you.
Putting our faith in worship is simply having a confident expectation, trust, belief, and conviction that you are bringing an offering to Him instead of receiving what the worship team is doing.
Q: Ask yourself, why am I doing what I’m doing? Do you really expect to encounter God in worship? Why or why not?
Worship is not for you … IT’S FOR OUR KING!
The 1st mention of the word worship is found in Gen 22:5. What did Abraham discover? Read Genesis 22:5.
Worship (Shah * Chah) means to bow, stoop. To bow down to the ground. An act of submission and reverence. To pay homage. To humble and place yourself at the lowest position.
What about this definition speaks of performing, earning, achieving, or attaining? Abraham brought his most prized possession to offer to his King.
What are your most prized possessions?
- Our songs
- Our expression
- Our voices
- Our lives
- Our things
- Our stuff…
These are to be an offering brought and given to our King.
When I worship (verb), I am bringing an offering to my King regardless to what going on, who’s singing, who’s on stage, and what’s the song for. An offering of worship is not being given to you…
An offering of WORSHIP should be brought and given with great honor, respect, and reverence to our Great King.
Q: What prized possession are you willing to offer up to our King? What things in your life have truly helped you back from truly worshiping the King?
How do we cultivate a lifestyle of worship?
… How do we do this every day of the week?
… How do we treat worship even at home?
… How do we stop what we are doing and literally bring an offering to THE KING OF KINGS?
Today, living a life of worship can feel difficult and hard to achieve. We can let our troubles, our feelings, our thoughts, and the people around us “interfere” with living this lifestyle.
You can turn on any Praise and Worship team from any church and bring your offering. It’s not just about listening to music, it’s about what you are bringing to the King.
It is only as we cultivate a lifestyle of worship, that we can truly pray for victory in every area of life. We are to turn over to him all our pain, suffering, bills, loss, anger, joy, peace, and hope to Him as an offering of sacrifice… to let Him do as He will. When you and I come boldly to God’s throne in worship, He gives us His plans and strategies for our lives here on earth. There is no way that we can walk in His peace, power, and His perfect plan without a lifestyle of worship.
Q: Consider ways to incorporate worship into your day. What would have to change for you to cultivate a lifestyle of worship?