Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.
“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.” — 1 Chronicles 16:25-27
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I’ve always loved sports; playing, watching or just talking about sports. There’s something special about wearing the jersey of your favorite player, putting on your team’s hat, or chatting about that one amazing play that won the game. But nothing compares to actually being in an arena when your favorite player makes the big shot, the crowd is going crazy and you can barely even hear your own voice. It's electric!
Years ago, I was at a playoff game when our team made a big shot and the crowd was going wild. Suddenly, I thought, “Man, I can so easily act like a fool for my team but why am I so afraid to worship when I’m in church? Here I am, jumping up and down, high-fiving people I don't even know. But when I get into a church setting, I'm often so hesitant to lift my hands in worship or sing out when I’m next to a friend.”
I remember that moment shaping me as I walked into church the next weekend. When it comes down to it, if my team wins or loses, it ultimately doesn't affect my life. But whenever I come into a space of worship, I have an opportunity to worship my Creator and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I want to be all in and give my full attention and affection to God as I worship Him. If I am gonna act like a fool at a sporting event, I want even more freedom in worshipping my God. He’s the only One who deserves all of our praise!
Louie Giglio warns us about squandering our one life of worship on little gods that are unworthy of our affection:
Worship should matter to you because you are and always will be a worshiper.… We’re created to worship. That's why you and I are going to spend our lives declaring the worth of something. As a result, we've got to make sure the thing we declare to be of greatest value is really worthy after all. For me, I've got to keep making sure that what matters most matters most to me. The same is true of you. It's imperative that you find an object worthy of your affection. It's essential that you find a God worthy of your life's devotion.
You only have one life. And you only have one life of worship. You have one brief opportunity in time to declare your allegiance, to unleash your affection, to exalt something or someone above all else. Don't waste your worship on some little god, squandering your birthright on idols made only with human imagination. Guard your worship … and carefully evaluate all potential takers (Louie Giglio, The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life, p. 28-29).
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