Saturday, September 11, 2004

Worship gets us moving

"Without doubt the emphasis in Christian teaching today should be on worship. There is little danger that we shall become merely worshipers and neglect the practical implications of the gospel. No one can long worship God in spirit and in truth before the obligation to holy service becomes too strong to resist. Fellowship with God leads straight to obedience and good works. That is the divine order and it can never be reversed." (A.W. Tozer, Born After Midnight)

And what does it say of a local church when it is not obeying the Great Commission and showing compassion to the hurting and helpless?

Worship problems. Or, perhaps, worshipping the wrong god altogether.

Found this at

James Michener, writing in his book, The Source, tells the story of a man named Urbaal, who was a farmer living about 2200 B.C.

He worshiped two gods, one a god of death, the other a goddess of fertility. One day, the temple priests tell Urbaal to bring his young son to the temple for sacrifice--if he wants good crops. Urbaal obeys, and on the appointed day drags his wife and boy to the scene of the boy's "religious execution" by fire to the god of death.

After the sacrifice of Urbaal's boy and several others, the priests announce that one of the fathers will spend next week in the temple, with a new temple prostitute. Urbaal's wife is stunned as she notices a desire written more intensely across his face than she had seen before, and she is overwhelmed to see him eagerly lunge forward when his name is called. The ceremony over, she walks out of the temple with her head swimming, concluding that "if he had different gods, he would have been a different man."

What difference should an evangelistic...a missionary God...have on who we are and what we do?


At 4:12 PM, Blogger Tommy Alderman said...

If we are Christ's body, then we have no choice but to do what He did while the Godhead abided in the body of one man on earth. That is, to "seek and save that which is lost," and otherwise reach out to a lost and dying humanity. Jesus was a "friend of sinners." We sit in our "holy huddles...'us four no more'" while 150,000 people die every day, the vast majority of whom will spend an eternity in a very real Hell. The God we serve does not desire fact, He went to great lengths to prevent it. But the mystery of the ages is that He requires (not suggests) that we, His Body, complete the transaction by taking the "good news" to those that are perishing.

Tommy Alderman


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