August 19, 2013

Day 8. Planned for God's Pleasure

You created everything, 
and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.
Revelation 4:11

You were planned for God's pleasure.
Bringing enjoyment to God, living for his pleasure, is the firs purpose of your life. When you fully understand this truth, you will never again have a problem with feeling insignificant. It proves your worth. If you are that important to God, and he considers you valuable enough to keep with him for eternity, what greater significance could you have? You are a child of God, and you bring pleasure to God like nothing else he has ever created.

One of the greatest gifts God has given you is the ability to enjoy pleasure. He wired you with five senses and emotions so you can experience it. He wants you to enjoy life, not just endure it. The reason you are able to enjoy pleasure is that God made you in his image. 

We often forget that God has emotions, too. He feels things very deeply. The Bible tells us that God grieves, gets jealous and angry, and frels compassion, pity, sorrow, and sympathy as well as happines, gladness, and satisfaction. God loves, delights, gets pleasure, rejoices, enjoys, and even laughs.

Bringing pleasure to God is called "worship."
Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. Depending on your religious background, you may need to expand your understanding of 'worship'. You may think of church services with singing, praying, and listening to a sermon. Or you may think of ceremonies, candles, and communion. Or you may think of healing, miracles, and ecstatic experiences. Worship can include these elements, but worship is far more than these expressions. 

Worship is far more than music. Every part of a church service is an act of worship. If it is offered to God in spirit and truth, it is an act of worship.

Worship is not for your benefit. When we worship, our goal is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves.

Worship is a lifestyle.
Worship is not a part of your life; it is your life. Worship is not just for church services. Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God.

How is it possible to do everything to the glory of God?
By doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus and by carrying on a continual conversation with him while you do it. 

This is the secret to a lifestyle of worship-doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus. This is what real worship is all about-falling in love with Jesus.

Taken from Purpose Driven Life Book

God bless,


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