Worshiping God Passionately

ishot_55Today’s Scripture: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.” (Matt. 22:37-38)

In addition to loving God exclusively, Jesus tells us that we are to worship God passionately.  Notice the three repetitions of the word “all” in the verse.  It does not say SOME, nor does it say MOST.  It says ALL.  The word “all” translates the Greek word ‘holos’ which is the same word we get the word ‘whole’ from.  The idea is that my total being is involved in passionate worship of God.  Instead of approaching Him in a halfhearted kind of way, I approach Him with my whole heart.  It means that I am to love God completely and entirely and not lacking in any area.  The psalmist wrote:

Psalm 111:1—“I will praise the Lord with my whole heart.”

The idea of ‘whole heart’ speaks of passion and focus.  It is the kind of love that is all surpassing.  Unfortunately, when it comes to worship, there is far too much apathy in the church.  Such apathy often manifests itself in worship services that go unattended, songs that go unsung, Bibles that remain unopened, offering that goes ungiven, and people who go uninvited.  And it all stems from a lack of passionate worship in the heart of the worshiper.

Passion means that you are all in.  It means that nothing will stand between you and what you are passionate about.  No sacrifice will be too great, no price too costly, and no challenge too steep to keep you from what you are passionate about.  No excuse will ever be given, for you always find the time to give for what you are truly passionate about.

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