We live in a world where we are constantly being pulled in 10 different directions. Our culture is a fast-paced, over-stimulated, technology and information machine. I’m pretty sure that this has caused almost all children/teenagers (and some adults) to develop A.D.H.D. or some mild form of it. The results? A generation where it is hard to take sabbath, to focus, to dwell, to abide, or to give ALL of ourselves to God. If it’s not t.v., it’s twitter or facebook, if not that, it’s instagram or snap-chat, if that isn’t there… how about school activities, sports, practices, clubs, outside sports and dance, etc, etc. Pheww… after a “normal” week, there is hardly enough time to sleep, much less spend time in the word.
“The Lord says, ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
Sadly, our culture (and how we have allowed it to seep into our lives) has caused this verse to become a reality in our lives. It is difficult sometimes to TRULY connect your heart to God when you are in 10 different places during worship or Bible Study. Even though God was speaking this to the Israelites in a different context, it is still just as prevalent today.
YOU HANG UP FIRST… No, you… No, You hang up first…
Isn’t it scary how easy it is to “fall in love” with a girl or guy? If you are married, remember back to when you were young. If you are young, remember back to last month. You meet a guy or girl – you spend the first 3 days talking on the phone for hours upon hours – and in less than a week you know almost EVERYTHING about them.
What is even more horrifying? Some of us have been believers for years upon years and don’t TRULY know God. We give our hearts to someone over the course of a week and spill our hearts out to them…but to our Creator, Father, God of the Universe we are guarded and disinterested.
The Difference? – We spend hours upon hours talking on the phone and hanging out with those people – and spend 10 minutes a week + one or 2 worship services with God. We have to AWAKEN ourselves and spend time with God to give our hearts to Him.
The interesting thing is that God is the ONLY ONE that will never break our hearts or let us down…
BROKEN OR OVERFLOWING
“The best worship is done with the heart breaking or the heart overflowing.”
In light of Scripture and this quote, we need to bring God ALL that is in our hearts to God during worship, during every season, and every hour. Psalm 51:17 says, “the sacrifices of God are a broken Spirit; a broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.” – If we are broken and repentant – it’s ok, God will not reject or despise that. Come to worship BROKEN if you are broken; it is better that than a heart that is hiding or distant from God.
On the other hand, if you are overflowing with joy and gratitude toward God, bring all of that to Him. He loves to fill us so that we can be poured out as an offering to Him – that is exactly what He did to His Son, Christ. But do not bring “empty” or “fake” worship to God. DO not let him be able to say “their hearts are far from me” to you. But bring Him EVERYTHING you have – whether that be brokenness or fullness.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh”
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer”