Come to Worship - Week 2 - Bring your gifts
Passage: Luke 14:16–14:24
“God demonstrated His … love for us … [that] while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5: 8
“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart” – you’ve probably heard this before – “and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to Him” – or acknowledge Him – “and He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes” – in other words, don’t try to figure it out, that there’s higher ways than our ways; there’s higher thoughts than our thoughts. “7 [Don’t] be wise in your own eyes; [but] fear the Lord and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
Proverbs 3: 3-8
A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, “Come, for everything is now ready.” But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, “I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.” Another said, “I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.” Still another said, “I just got married, so I can’t come.” The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” “Sir,” the servant said, “what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.” Then the master told his servant “Go out to the road and the country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet” (Luke 14:16-24 NIV).
“My kingdom is here,” He said. “Be careful you don’t miss it.”
So what does this mean for us?
Romans 12 New International Version (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Life will only get more complicated the older we get.
Life will only offer more options and more busyness.
So what are you willing to do now to humble yourself, to free yourself, to participate in the kingdom God has made available to you?