Friday, July 6, 2012
Welcome to Day 187 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Hosea 6-9, more of the prophet’s concern over Israel.
6:4, “What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.”
7:14, “They slash themselves, appealing to their gods for grain and new wine, but they turn away from me.”
8:7, “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.”
9:10, “When they came to Baal Peor, they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol and became as vile as the thing they loved.”
9:17, “My God will reject them because they have not obeyed him; they will be wanderers among the nations.”
Hebrews 3, “See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.”
The passage in Hosea 9:10 hit me hard this morning… “they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol
and became as vile as the thing they loved.”
Consecrate: to dedicate, consecrate, separate.
Israel dedicated themselves to shameful idols… and became as vile as the thing they loved.
Made me ask myself, what do I love? What am I working toward and for? To what have I consecrated (dedicated) myself?
Today is my last day in Redding, California. I have been at the Bethel School of Worship. Long sessions of worship every day. Practical teaching. Ministry. Passion.
What am I passionate for? One could easily say, “Oh, Scott… I love your heart for the Lord!”
I have been following after God now for more than 25 years. Having helped plant our church for the past 22. I have led worship for more than half of that time. Logged countless hours in worship…
But where the rubber meets the road is in our secret place. At home. In the shower. In the car.
If Israel dedicated themselves to shameful idols… and became as vile as the thing they loved… would that be true in the opposite? If we dedicate ourselves to Him… could we become as holy as He? Righteous? Just? Kind? Loving?
I think that’s exactly how it works.
It’s about my affection. On what is my heart focusing? In what direction is my affection?
Does my heart burn for Him. Do I fully give myself to worshiping Him…
I love when my kids’ affection is in my direction. I love the organic… when they call just because they were thinking about me and they want to express their love for me.
When they are calling just to say hi… and they don’t want or need anything. Just because I am their father…
Worship is our coming to the Father out of love. Not duty. Not because it’s Sunday and it’s time to worship.
It’s more than singing songs…
It’s living our life as a sacrifice.
Lord, that’s how I want to live my life, as a sacrifice to you. Not because I’m on staff… not because I’m a pastor. Not because it looks good, but simply because I love you, and you are my father.
Turn up the volume of the passion in my heart.