Volume 7 No 4
William Barkley once wrote: “A man may say ‘I am going to church to worship God’; but he should also be able to say, ‘I am going to the factory, the shop, the office, the school, the garage, the mine, the shipyard, the field...to worship God’. When Christ becomes the centre of life then we can present real worship, which is the offering of every moment and every action to God.”
Sadly most people live half, pseudo lives. At times all of us fail to live in the reality of relationship with God, neglecting to invite Him into and include Him in every aspect of our daily living. Daily we face struggles and challenges that seem insurmountable. These can only overwhelm us when God isn’t invited to be present in the situation, as then His greatness and majesty is not there to keep them in true perspective. The truth is that we were not made to face these alone. If you are feeling stressed, enter into worship; you can’t worry and acknowledge God’s supremacy or look on His glory at the same time.
Also, by drawing closer to Christ and not trying to drag Him closer to us, we enter more deeply into His will.
But God isn’t (or at least shouldn’t be) there just as a Band-Aid for the bad times: When we experience joy and triumph, they are not half as sweet, because He isn’t thanked and invited to share in them.
The Apostle Paul explains the solution to the emptiness that so many experience and live:
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life--and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops wellformed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2 Message Bible)
I pray that this issue of Face to Face Magazine will help to draw you ever deeper into the presence of the Most High God; Father, Saviour and Comforter of us all. In His love