As Christians it is important for us to demonstrate this interrelationship between our labors and their divine usefulnesss. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Our purpose on earth is chiefly to worship our Creator. To the unbeliever this is nothing more than foolishness. Life is so much more than singing hymns, chanting praises, and intoning prayer. If there is a God, he most certainly didn’t intend for his creation to be sitting around, sallow faced, occupying a pew day after day. Besides, they might continue, worship is so isolating. Lives need to be lived in service to our fellow man. Continual worship serves the worshiper, but has little affect on the poor, downtrodden and disparaged in this world. All of this might be a good argument for unbelief if but for one reason: worship is more than mere ceremony. Worship is an interrelationship between venerating our Creator, living the moment he has given us which may include waiting, and working hard to be useful as a Christian when our labors are needed. It is a very practical thing as Jesus demonstrated so often in his ministry.
As Christians it is important for us to demonstrate this interrelationship between our labors and their divine usefulnesss.
Here’s a story. Franz Joseph Haydn, who many consider the father of modern classical music, was present at the Vienna Music Hall, where his oratorio The Creation was being performed. The work was considered by most to be his masterpiece and he had poured himself into it in the last years of his life spending many sleepless nights laboring over each movement. Then there was the long wait between publishing the work and debuting it in Vienna. Confined to a wheelchair at the performance, he listened intently as the piece was performed. As the majestic work moved along, the audience was caught up with tremendous emotion. When the passage “And there was light!” was reached, the chorus and orchestra burst forth in such power that the crowd could no longer restrain its enthusiasm. It rose to its feet to honor the great composer. The vast assembly erupted in spontaneous applause as they turned toward Haydn. Haydn struggled to stand and motioned for silence. With his hand pointed toward heaven, he said, “No, no, not from me, but from thence comes all!” To Haydn his work had now become divinely useful despite the wait and the labors. (Source unknown)
Did you ever see a young child play hopscotch? Each square they skip to requires precarious balance and an earnest approach to going from start to finish. Although Haydn had reached the point in his labors where the fruit of his work had been harvested, he demonstrated that the moment, the playing of the oratorio and the waiting that led up to it as well were all intimately related. There was no hopscotch here, just a methodical journey from conception to finish that was in the moment. This is the essence of worship that dispels the argument of unbelief that Christians are enclosed by their worship. They are anything but. Worship is the discipline of the moment, combined with our waiting and our work into something precious to God and a benefit to our fellowman. The interrelationship between work, time, and veneration is perfected in worship. This is where a Christian must pitch his tent, a place where the indwelling holiness of God dwells between the public we serve and the divine we venerate.
We pray. Heavenly Father, it is our privilege to worship you, to praise you and glorify your holy name. As honored as we are to do this, may we never confine our worshipful thoughts to a life of veneration apart from a life of worshipful service. Forgive us Lord when we consign ourselves to coming and going, hopping from Sunday to Sunday, without living out each moment of our lives as worshipful opportunities. May we never forget that worship is an interrelationship combining our service with our praise. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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