There is no God like Thee

SkyWhat is the greatest commandment?  The answer too easily rolls off our tongues:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Mt. 22:37)

How much of our lives is governed by this love?  Is our love for God the foundation of our actions, or have we just gotten used to “Christian service?”  We need to be reminded of our Savior’s admontion to Martha when she was “cumbered about much serving.”

Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

It’s not that service is wrong.  It is just never a substitute for true worship.  When God “bring(s) to light the hidden things of darkness, and…make(s) manifest the counsels of the hearts,” (1 Cor. 4) He will be judging us on much more than service. In reality, our service will not really be the issue at all; the purposes of our hearts will be the issue. While we rightfully think about and emphasize Christian service, “serving” God does not ensure that we have a true heart of worship. Right worship, on the other hand, will ensure appropriate service.

One way to cultivate a heart of worship is to look for God when you read the Scripture. We should regularly journal from Scripture Who God is and what He has done.  Then pray it back to Him in adoration.  (We know that prayer rightfully begins with adoration.)

So, from my morning reading of 1 Corinthians 4 (while Paul deals specifically with the apostles’ ministry and problems in Corinth), I find and confess these truths to my God.

1.  You will one day judge the hidden purposes of my heart. (4-5) (This results in fear, reverence, sobriety.)

2.  I have no gift or grace that I did not receive from You. (7) (This brings about humility–the point Paul was trying to make).

We are very prone to leaving our first love.  Solomon did.  And listen to how he prayed:

LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart…But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

Just like Solomon, our hearts move from adoration, to service, and more service, and more activities.  We’ve all been there.  Let us be diligent about adoring and worshiping our God.  For Jesus said that this was the “one needful thing.” It would be a tragedy to miss that.

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