17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Recently this verse came up in my quiet time. It just reminds me that everything we do, we do for God. All the good, all the bad that we do, we do it for God. This is where the problems can begin.
As a lead worshiper I know that God has placed a responsibility on me to teach what worship is and how worship is more than just a song on Sunday. True Worship is more about what happens every day. We make millions of choices (or do we?) everyday and our character is developed. This is worship, it’s who we are.
Have you ever been to a concert or sporting event? Worshiping happens there all the time. Athletes and Musicians are worshiped in these Mecca’s. Money is spent on them, and money is given to them. Now I'm not saying we should go to games or concerts. I love going to both, the problem is when we place them above God. As a Red Sox fan, I'm not as insane about them as some people because I remember that God is the one to be worshiped. With the Super Bowl coming up, it’s easy to start to idolize these athletes but Tom Brady is not my savior, he is just one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Gronk is a fantastic tight end but he is not an Idol.
Do you live and die with your job? I know teaching in a school and knowing that test scores are considered the lifeline of the school; the school either stays open or closes, depending on what we can get the students to remember. This is the hardest part for me; I continue to fight the urges of trying to control the situation. I try to worship God but I constantly try to worship my own abilities.
When I think about this verse I try to follow it, everything I do I do for the Lord but when I have success, it’s easy to take credit of it. Even in prayer I can find times where I manipulate the words in my head, or my mouth to come up sounding like it's all about me. I am constantly asking for forgiveness in this area. The hardest part of asking for forgiveness is admitting that it is a Sin. I challenge you all to stand up and admit it when you Sin, and more importantly to ask for forgiveness when you do.