You may remember that last year we did a series called ‘the 8 M’s’ or “The M series”, where we looked at ‘who we are’ and ‘what we are commanded to do in scripture’.  The first week of that series was Magnification; worshipping God. I have often reflected on this (and not just because I preached it). I often come back to asking myself, am I truly worshipping God? How do I worship God? Would God be happy with what I am doing … or is there something else I could be doing or change that needs to take place?

Friends, it is good to keep coming back to scripture, back to sermons we have heard. James instructs believers to dwell on God’s words when he says this in James 1:22-25:

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.

As I am sure you all know, our worship of God is not just our singing, but how we live our life each and every day (Romans 12). In light of the morning and night sermon series which have been teaching us about our relationship with God and how we are to live each and every day, we have a lot to think about. The Sermon on the Mount has been full of many challenging instructions. Instructions that require us to sacrifice time in our lives in order to relate to our heavenly Father about it. In order to think about what we need to start doing or stop doing.

And the night series on 1 John has also encouraged us in who we are and what God has done for his people through Jesus and his Holy Spirit, but it has also challenged us on who and what real Christians are and do. Friends, can I please encourage you now to take time out to talk to God, seek his help and ask, plan and live out how God’s word has and should change you for the glory of his name. Let us not merely listen to the word, and so deceive ourselves. But do what it says.

Chris Forder


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