"I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices. I want you to know me; that's more important than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6
About three years ago, someone asked me what my favorite bible verse was. At a complete loss, I came across this verse one day and thought, "That'll work!" Needless to say, I never knew how much this verse would shape who I am and my approach to life. I am not doing God any favors to Him by showing up on Sunday morning and going through the motions and ceremonies of worship. He desires my mercy and my sincerity. My burnt offerings and things that I consider as sacrifices mean nothing without my knowledge of Him. Simply put, God values my faith and kindness more than my sacrifrices and ceremonies. This verse serves as a definition of how to live a life of worship.
One of my favorite illustrations of worship and the church is a football stadium. In a stadium you have players, coaches, fans, cheerleaders, food servers, etc. Where do you fit in life? Are you a player on the field of life? Or are you a fan in the stands, watching and pointing, getting excited only when something good happens? Are you a cheerleader supporting everyone and encouraging? We all know who the Head Coach is, giving us the plays and directions in life to carry out.
So I challenge you! A pastor once shared, that we should live our lives in a manner that we shouldn't have to appproach anyone about Jesus. People should approach us because inquiring what is in us that makes us so different? Is you life and worship worth sharing?
See you at the Place!