Thursday, December 15, 2011

Women Glorifying God, part 2

How do we, as women living in 2011 (almost 2012), glorify God?

Let’s consider these 2 verses:

Colossians 3:17 – Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 

I Corinthians 10:31 – “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Let's consider 4 ways in which we can glorify God.  Today, the first of our "4 C's".

The first way we can glorify God is in our corporate worship.  This is when all of us assemble together for that specific purpose of worshipping God.

The acts of worship –

§  Singing – Ephesians 5:19

§  Praying – I Corinthians 14:15

§  Giving – I Corinthians 16:1-2

§  Teaching – 2 Timothy 4:2

§  Partaking of the Lord’s Supper – Matthew 26:26

These acts are all giving glory to God.  We are paying acts of reverence.  We can’t just assume because we have gotten dressed for church services and driven to the building and are sitting in our regular pew that we are worshipping and giving glory to God.  I know for me, and I’m sure for you sometimes too, we can go through an entire worship service, and not really be giving glory to God!   Those actions are being done, but without a reverent mind.  We must get control of that space between our ears – we must engage the brain and be an active participant in order for that corporate worship to become glory to God– not just singing the words, but thinking on them as we sing.  Not just hearing a prayer, but listening and being able to add our own amen at the end.  Centering our minds upon the cross during communion, being cheerful as we give and being an active listener as we hear the gospel preached.  Our worship is not a passive activity – but one we must fully participate in to give God the glory He is due! 

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2  “Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.  Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.  For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few.”

As Christian women looking to glorify God, we need to be specifically seeking to offer acceptable worship to God.  Consider what you offer God when you come to worship Him. 

I will insert here that for those of you with young children, don’t let this discourage you!  Sometimes being there is all you can manage!  Remembering that training your children to behave in worship will have life-long benefits!  First you will train them how to behave, by having reasonable expectations for them and reasonable consequences and then you can teach them how to worship, by helping them find the song in the book, pointing to the words in the Bible as scriptures are read, teaching them to take notes.  These are necessary things to do, but is a wonderful job as a mom.  God is being glorified when we are training our children to worship Him.

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