Our God is good. He is redeemer and provider. From the smallest of needs to the greatest of feats, our Father is the ultimate giver of good gifts. He is the giver of good gifts because He is good. In a world that says, “You deserve this!” and “You earned it,” seeing gifts in our life as a direct result of our Father’s grace and love stands in direct contrast. Acknowledging God as good and every good thing coming from Him creates a shift in our hearts. When we make the transition of recognizing good things in our life as a gift from God, a perspective change happens. It results in a more thankful heart with a purpose of stewardship.
“O Holy Night” is a beloved Christmas hymn, a regular in the yearly Christmas carol lineup. The song’s nostalgia and beautiful tune make it a favorite for many. The song’s real beauty however, is in the lyrics that narrate the night that the infant Jesus was born, the most holy night.
How do we worship? What are we “allowed” to do while still being reverent before the Lord, worshiping in spirit and truth? What is God's desire for our worship? Does God give us the right to pick and choose how we worship?
Surrender. What comes to mind when you hear that word? A word that’s often used in sermons and brought up during prayer meetings, christians are encouraged to claim it, live it, and do it. We sneak it into our prayers as we ask the Lord to "help us surrender our lives - oh and please bless the children."
I heard it explained that worship is the combination of internal essence and external expression. In Matthew 15, Jesus said the people honored them with their lips but their hearts were far from Him. Their worship was being done in vain.
We live in a world forever polluted by sin and we should confront sin with love and truth, but that shouldn’t prevent us from choosing to see the good in people. Even with the tainting of sin, God has created us all in His image and designed us to reflect who He is to the world around us (Genesis 1:26-27)