He moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. – Genesis 12:8
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you.
From love to guitars to clothes to companionship, He has given me many things. I can worship God by using it all in a way that is pleasing to Him.
Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship.
Worship is not a passive attitude but a courageous, selfless act of love to God. My mind is the most important seat of worship control. Instead of worrying about circumstances,
I can occupy my fascination with the depths of who God is through what I’ve seen Him do in the past and His promises for the future; through ascertaining the best road of action in accordance to His will as shown in scripture I can save time and lots of energy.
…a spiritual blessing…must be given back to Him so that He can make it a blessing to others.
This life in itself is so rotten, so temporary. The only delight apart from receiving blessing is to be used as a blessing. For whatever short while, being His blessing to someone else is a beautiful, lasting thing. I myself cannot bless anyone, but I can trust God to use my acts of worship in magnificent ways.
Bethel is the symbol of fellowship with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abram “pitched his tent” between the two. The lasting value of our public service for God is measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of fellowship and oneness with Him.
He is the honey from which my work gets nourishment. Remove privacy with Him, and I will have nothing to show publicly as His.
However, quiet time once a day is not making the cut. If the measurement of value of His work is the depth of intimacy with Him, I need to worship Him through-out the day to better my public service, even and especially in the heights of busyness. For instance while shooting a video, I should constantly be open and willing towards His direction, remember who I am in His sight, and what my purpose is in Him. Anything else like worry or fear only cripples myself and those around me.
Days set apart for quiet can be a trap, detracting from the need to have daily quiet time with God. That is why we must “pitch our tents” where we will always have quiet times with Him, however noisy our times with the world may be.
My tent shifts between God and the world throughout the day. How can I be in one good place? I can’t be at His feet all the time. I can’t be with people all the time. If I train my thoughts to worship God 24×7, I can live between ‘Bethel’ and ‘Ai’; living in Him even when things seem to fall apart around me.
…some of us seem to jump like spiritual frogs from worship to waiting, and from waiting to work. God’s idea is that the three should go together as one. They were always together in the life of our Lord and in perfect harmony. It is a discipline that must be developed; it will not happen overnight.
Yes, I’m a spiritual leapfrog. I have moments of great connection with God, and great connection with evil. To discipline myself, I have to consciously practice worship and Godly waiting through the tiniest and biggest activities of my life. If I do everything as for God, even through my thoughts, my life will be 100% efficient, because He will use my everything to bless others. I want to be 100% useful.
Please help me Father. It seems impossible, but nothing is impossible through Christ who gives me strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen.