Earlier today I wasn’t having a great time. For what was the third time in less than a week, one of our vehicles was in the shop. I met a nice man named Napoleon at Summit Church’s worship service on New Year’s Day and decided to try out his place, Bumper 2 Bumper, to fix the bumper on our new (used) vehicle.
In the process I let little things get to me and my wife and I ended up having an small argument. Even though we got to enjoy going out for breakfast while Napoleon’s crew worked on our car, I was bothered by something. I had read Colossians this morning and I thought I was ready for the day. Fortunately my wife is a teacher and has a few more days off. She urged me to cuddle up with her later when we got home and I ended up taking a nap.
Where am I going with this?
In the passage from Colossians below we’re reminded to lean on God’s glory-strength instead of the “grim strength of gritting your teeth”.
How do we do that?
I believe that frequent worship is an enormous help because if we are truly worshiping we are reminded that we are in the presence of God and that can mean we are impacted by his “tangible” glory.
Our culture doesn’t make it easy to spend lots of time in worship. This is not about making anyone feel guilty. This is about logical consequences.
If you spend more time exercising, you will see the results in your physical health.
If you spend more time worshiping, you will see the results in your spiritual health.
Now is the time to make changes. Even our culture makes it easier at the start of a new year. Regardless of when you’re reading this, I urge you to worship God more frequently in Spirit and in Truth.
My wife and I and a couple friends are attending at Summit Church tonight in San Marcos across from Cal State and I am really ready! (Boy, am I ready!)
Check out these verses from Colossians 1!
Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
Colossians 1:9-12 The Message (MSG)
God bless you!