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The #1 Way To Identify What You Worship

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship

There are so many great things happening around here and soon I’ll be launching a brand new the.josh.collins, packed full of awesome stuff so stay tuned for that. You don’t want to miss out on any of that!

In the journey of seeking, planning, strategizing, and launching, several things have come up that I believe are foundation shaking. And because worship is a theme, I discuss here, the object of our worship keeps coming up over and over again.

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I’ve often written about the process of living carelessly in the care of God, and how that translates into peace and joy.  I’ve also written countless times about struggle and pain. And the thing that keeps signaling to me like a flashing neon sign, is every time I encounter these places, which admittedly, feel far too frequent, I’m brought back to a very important question:

What is it that I’m worshipping, where does my hope rest? 

And here is what I’ve discovered.

The #1 way to identify what we worship is found in these moments.

It’s in the moments when we don’t clearly know whats next, or can’t see past whats right in front of us, that the idols of our heart are so clearly identified.

Let me explain.

I love the story of Lazarus and all the great things that are going on in and around the telling of this story in scripture. You see I too, feel very much like Lazarus. I once was dead, but because of Christ I’m now alive. It’s really that simple. But the other day I read a great article featured on The Desiring God Blog by Jon Bloom.

You can read it here.

The point though is that each and every time we encounter the hard stuff, whether that’s hard providences, broken things, people or situations, or even just the dark night of the soul, inevitably the point is to reveal and make known God’s Great Glory. Jon says this well here:

And yet, Jesus delayed precisely because he loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus. He knew that Lazarus’s death and resurrection would give maximum glory to God and his friends would all experience maximum joy in that glory. It would make all their suffering seem light and momentary (2 Corinthians 4:17).

I love how he uses that word precisely.

This is good news people! This contradicts each and every one of those voices in our heads, that tells us we’re alone, unloved, not accepted, and not cared for. Which is precisely why our worship is meant only for The One True Provider, Comforter, and Lover of Our Souls.

So I’ll ask you, where is your hope? Who or what do you worship when you face times like this? What does reading this make you think about?

Share your thoughts with us all below!

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Josh Collins

Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.

Posted on: March 28, 2013

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