The point of focus within our worship lifestyle gradually shifts over a period of time from where God has brought us to where He desires for us to go from this juncture forward. Does this mean we are to forget about our past? No, reflectively speaking, it means that we look at what God has done for us in order to better understand what He wants to do in and through us and why He wants to do it. We cannot move forward into God predetermined plan for our lives if we are always focused on what is behind us. If we are to grow in our relationship with God, our thinking has to evolve from a slave-like, Egyptian mentality to thinking based upon a mind that has been refashioned to think as a citizen of God’s Kingdom. Our actions and conversations has to shift from common to holy. We can no longer approach life the life way anymore. Why? Because we understand that our whole entire purpose for being is to: 1) bring glory to God, 2) live acceptable lives unto God, and 3) share God’s good news of the Kingdom with others as it relates to Christ.
We cannot afford to live our lives as newborn babes any longer. We are at a point in time wherein God is looking for spiritually mature people who want to become acceptable and pleasing to Him. God is looking for people who want to know and love Him in the same manner in which they are known and loved by Him. God is looking for those who want to experience Him as a normal part of their everyday existence and draw closer to Him on a daily basis. But there is a cost. We see this in 2 Samuel, when David approached Araunah the Jebusite about buliding an altar to appease the Lord:
“And Araunah said, ‘Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant?’ And David said, ‘To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the Lord…’ And Araunah said unto David, ‘Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.’ All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, ‘The Lord thy God accept thee.’ And the king said unto Araunah, ‘Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.’ So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of sliver. And David builded an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings…”
We understand that Jesus the Christ was the Ultimate Sacrifice to bring appeasement to God for the sin of the world. We dare not make any claim that His work on the cross was not sufficient. IT WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH!!! However, what we are saying is that we have a role within our salvific process as well. Our role is to respond to what God has initiated and has done for us on our behalf through Christ. How are we to respond?
There is a price that must be paid beginning with our obedience, which is followed up by:
Our time for spiritual growth and maturity is long overdue. A discerning spirit will prick our conscious and ring the alarm that tells us that we need to make a shift in order to ascend into the heights and descend into the depths unknown within our worship experience in order to live a lifestyle of worship that is acceptable and pleasing to the Lord…#thinkonthesethings