Do Overs

Worship Blog January 2018

by David Foster
Petersburg IN Free Methodist Church Worship Leader

It’s a new year, the time for resolutions.  The time to resolve, to make a change, accomplish something, quit a habit or attitude, a time to start again and possibly call for a do over.

Last year, no, it was the year before; I made a resolution to write a blog about worship on a regular basis.  Writing one per month is what I believed I settled on.  The blog was to be published on the church website and the church’s Worship Facebook page.   I was on fire!  How many blogs did I write?    Two.   One in August of 2016 and another in January of 2017.  Yep, I petered out, both times.  It’s an all too common occurrence when we decide to do something.  We realize its work and quit, get busy with other things, forget, feel unworthy of the goal we’ve set for ourselves, or just get lazy.  

Still, thank God for Do Overs! That’s really what the Gospel is all about.   God knows we fail, fall short, and can never live up to His standards and do all He lays in our heart to do with full vim and vigor.   So the blood of Jesus washes us from the sin of not following through.   We get a do over.

 I’ve had to call a do over in many areas of my Christian life.  I’m holding onto these two verses to hold me accountable to my resolutions in 2018.

 

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.      A royal priesthood!?...that’s awesome! A special possession!? That should be enough motivation to do everything possible to accomplish the goals and changes needed to be more like Jesus.

Exodus 23:25 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.     Anything a Christian does is worship if they do it for God or on God’s behalf.  Work, play, parenting, obeying, leading, praying, singing, learning, giving….just living.   This verse tells us what happens when we truly worship.  How can we go wrong or get off track with this promise.

  I resolve to do all God has given me to do with a worshipful spirit improving day to day.   Feel free to hold me accountable to it.    

Happy New Year!