WORSHIP a wholesome discipline WORSHIP: To honour or revere as a supernatural being or power or as a holy thing; to adore with appropriate acts, rites or ceremonies. Supernatural being = God What sort of being is our God? GOD? Dictating Loving GOD? GOD? IF we trust Jesus and choose to believe in a loving God, then love cannot be a one way street and to get the full benefit we will need to return that love. Hence the first great commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” How can we return God’s love? One way is to acknowledge our dependence on God and BE GRATEFUL! Give thanks for: Our lives Our Skills Our material well being. We can look on everything as a gift from a loving God. Are we critical about how we use: Our lives. How do we use our time? Just for our own pleasure doing the things we like? Or do we do things for the benefit of others? Our Skills. Do we keep them to ourselves? Do we encourage others to develop their skills or do we look upon others as challenging our position? Do we use our skills to benefit others or just ourselves? Our material well being. Do we look upon our wealth as a gift or our right? Do we look upon our wealth as something to be shared? Do we differentiate between our needs and our wants? Are we prepared to discipline ourselves to “honour God with appropriate acts”? We can do this by offering Our lives Our Skills Our material well being to his service Unless we do our worship is empty. If we subject ourselves to this wholesome discipline, we too will become whole as we will be obeying the second great commandment to: “Love your neighbour as yourself”. Then we will truly be able to: “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”. Amen.