My obsession is with Jesus

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Sunday, June 12, 2011
I cannot remember where I was at the time, but I can remember as a young 12 year old, telling my parents that it was my desire that people would see Jesus in me. This is not something we hear children saying every day, but I had a sincere desire to see Christ demonstrated through my life. In essence this has become the motivation, the drive and the foundation that the rest of my life would be molded on.

My hunger for righteousness mapped out a journey that would direct the course of my life. Sometimes I found myself trying harder than was needed to achieve what I wanted, but found that the harder I tried, the less successful I would be. However, over the years, I have come to understand that it was never about me or about anything I could do in my own strength or power that would make any difference in my life.

I have always felt that worship was the reason for mankind's creation. If we look around us, there are many forms of religion, all with one purpose, and this is to worship some or other deity. Why, I asked myself, and the answer came back to my original statement, God created man to worship Him. He instilled this deep desire and through the ages, the enemy has perverted this intention, in other words, every area of worship was intended for His pleasure, but through the self centered, selfishness of man, the need to worship the Almighty God became a common affair. Men started worshiping idols and foreign gods without even considering the One True Living God. Today, the desire to worship is still remains an integral part of man's makeup, but the perversion of mankind has led us to believe in our own abilities and in many cases, there are those who have come to the place of believing in themselves rather than in the very One who created them. 

I have observed, that even in the Church today, the understanding of worship has become a concept rather than a reality. People seem to think that worship is something we do on any given Sunday, when gathering together with other Christians. However, this format of worship is merely a man-made term used to describe an action, but does not witness with the true meaning of worship.

Wikipedia describes "Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed to one or more deity"... Here we see worship described as an "act". But this was never God's intention. Worship is meant to be more than an action, it was meant to be a lifestyle, a culture, a way of life, it was meant to be a reflection of the nature and character of the Sovereign Creator. It was never meant to be something we acted out, but something we lived.  

Today, we have built our Christians lives around the "Act of worship" instead of around "A lifestyle of worship". And herein lies a fundamental difference. Although a lifestyle of worship in an action within in itself, the act of worship removes the need to function as a worshiper. And the notable difference is this, one talks about God, while the other lives for God.   

There will come a time that men will have a form of godliness but deny its power (2 Tim 3:5) and it is this form that I talk about that has become a act or worship but denies the Truth. I have found, one can go through the motions of worship without living a life of a worshiper and these are two very different things all together. For example, by attending a worship service does not make you a worshiper. The unsaved can sit in our buildings and sing the songs, but unless they give their lives to Christ, they can not claim to know Him, let alone worship Him. The only way that we can worship the Father in spirit and in truth is, by giving our lives to Christ (John 3:16) and in doing so, Jesus comes and dwells by invitation on the inside of us, He makes His residence on the inside of those who obey His word (1 John 3:24) and our response in return is to now live our lives in recognition of the resident occupant, Christ in us the hope of glory, this is worship in action.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, her who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you".
After Jesus takes up residence on the inside, he fills us with His Spirit, for without Him, we cannot worship the Sovereign King and our worship simply becomes an "ACT"!  Romans 8:9 "But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to Him at all)".

Now that we have become reconciled with our heavenly Father, through the obedience of His Son, Jesus Christ, our reaction is to live our lives in such a way that we are a reflection, a mirror image of the God we serve. And herein lies my obsession, that everything I do, must reflect the Christ I now worship. I do not do something because I have to, I do it out of respect, fear, reverence, service and love. This is a lifestyle of honor, one that is dedicated to the service of the Lord of hosts, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Worship in this way does not become another rule or law of man, but a reaction birthed out of sincere love, directed towards the Creator of all things. And again, worship in this way is exactly what you and I were created for and this is exactly what God's plan intended. Man now reconciled to the Father and therefore through Jesus Christ we are now able to worship God without any hindrance or obstacle.

Worship in its purest form is directed towards pleasing the Father in all things! Living our lives, conducting ourselves in such away that we bring pleasure to Him. 
And this has become my obsession!






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