For to this end Christ died and lived again

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Romans 14:5-9

Even back in the first century we see that there were different practices amongst Christians. They had the core Christian beliefs as taught by Paul, Peter and the rest of the apostles but in minor ways they differed. Paul’s point was not to make everybody exactly the same but to encourage all believers to do everything for the glory of the Lord.

Today we find ourselves divided by any number of different customs and forms of worship. Some churches us a more formalized service while others have a more casual service. Some sing only traditional hymns, others only modern anthems and still others a mixture. Some use only pianos and organ music, others add guitars and drums and some no instruments at all. As long as they honor God in the service all are appropriate. It is the heart of the worshiper that God looks at not the form it takes. Some complain about this diversity but I think it is a good thing in the fact that people can worship God in a manner that they find comfortable.

Now any church can put the how above the reason why we worship. If we are using a worship style only to get bodies in the door and we forget why we are there in the first place, then we will lose our way. Rather a small church worshiping with the right heart than a stadium full of people there to be entertained. It is not the size of the church but the size of the heart that matters. I have been in large churches that are there to worship the Lord and in small churches that are putting growth ahead of worship.

Sometimes in the past I have found myself getting so caught up in the form that it became mere ritual. I was no longer worshiping but going through the motions. That past has kept me more grounded in why I am at worship and I find that I am now concentrating on God. If our heart is right then our worship will be right and it will please the Lord.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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