Picture yourself at 75 years old. Life is slower. The crazy pace of emails, texts, phone calls and meetings are now tucked away in your memory and now you have much more time to sit and to reflect. What kind of memories do you think you will have at that age? What kind of relationships will you still have intact? What sort of regrets do you think you will have? One way to be certain you live a life that is full of adventure and void of regrets is to live each and every moment to the glory of God. It’s amazing what happens when your focus is first to love God with all your heart. If you make worship a lifestyle for a lifetime, your life will be blessed, and when you get to the end, you will be able to look back and realize that your life has blessed many others. But most importantly, you will realize that your life has been well-spent pleasing God.
Distractions are everywhere. That’s why we have to constantly remind ourselves of where are priorities lie. Of course, our priorities should focus on the things that are most important, but sometimes distractions keep us from doing that. I encourage you today to start with the basics. Who are you and why are you here? You are God’s very own and your first priority is to worship Him. Everything else falls underneath that priority. So as you move throughout the day, let everything you do take place under the umbrella of worship. With this mindset, you will discover that your conversations, the way you spend your money, and the way you spend your time will change. Distractions will come, but hold fast to that first priority. It will mold you into the worshiper God created you to be.
Moses met with God face to face. Just the thought of that is unbelievable. The Bible tells us that Moses would have regular conversations with God. But when we look closer, we see that many of these conversations took place on a mountaintop and after having spent much time alone in God’s presence. Keep in mind that Moses was the leader of a people over a million strong in number. I’m sure he had just a few things going on! But nothing took precedence over His time with God. You want to worship God more intimately? You want to have an encounter with God that is unforgettable? Then be like Moses. Get away from the noise of life…even if it’s just a little while each day. Seek His face and then open your ears. God still speaks. Are you listening?
The first verse of the first chapter of Joshua starts with this phrase: “After the death of Moses the servant of God…” I love that. Moses has just died and now has been given a title…the servant of God. I bet if anyone knew where He was buried they would have put that on his tombstone. But no one knows where he was buried. You know why? Because God Himself buried Moses. Moses had such a close relationship with the Living Lord, that upon his death the creator of the universe personally placed him in the ground. And it was through this faithful service that Moses grew closer to God and became one of the greatest leaders of all time. What would people put on your tombstone if they had the choice? More importantly, what would God put there?
Two times in Proverbs 3:5-6 the writer uses the wordall. Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him. You know what it means to acknowledge God? The word “acknowledge” comes from the Hebrew word “Yada” which means to “Know.” So another translation of this phrase could be “in all your ways KNOW God.” In other words…if we want to truly learn to trust in Him, we must get intimately acquainted with His word and His spirit. It is in doing this that we find He wants to guide us in every area of our lives. Our lifestyle of worship should be 24/7, 365 days a year. Begin even now to worship Him in all aspects of your life. Whether you are driving into work, sitting at your desk, or taking a walk in the park, you can worship God by simply acknowledging Him in all things.