It is important to remember how much God loves us. When he looks at you, he looks through his Perfect Son Jesus and sees you as his child. The view from Jesus shows you as clean, perfected by grace and precious to God. Isn’t that Incredible!
The Bible says that while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8-11), Christ died for us. Paul said to forget the past and press on toward our future in Christ (Phil 3:13). Paul urges us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, as a spiritual act of worship (Rom 12:1).
- First, we offer our lives to God; our task is to simply be obedient, and this is Worship.
- Second, the work of Christ, when he paid for our sins through his death on the Cross, that makes us holy and pleasing to God.
- Then Paul says, do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12:2).
Many times when I am distracted while having a quiet time or worshipping the Lord, I will stop for a moment and write the distraction or thought down and then resume my time with the Lord. I don’t feel guilty about being distracted; I just stop and deal with it.
Sometimes when I am leading worship and I feel down or troubled, I deliberately hand all my troubles over to the Lord as an act of faith; that’s part of the sacrifice of worship. I believe this is authentic worship; coming to God just as we are – in reverence, submission and service. Remember that we come to God by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-10); there is none righteous no not one. (Rom 3:10)