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Worship Wednesday: You Are The Beloved

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship Wednesday

Of the many jobs and roles I’ve played throughout my life, none are more precious to me than that of Father. I have been blessed with 3 of the most amazing and beautiful gems in the whole wide world. They mean far more to me than any accolade or earthly treasure. There is nothing I take more seriously, than the responsibility to be their dad. And although I fail miserably time and time again, I continue to be rewarded with the greatest gift of all: their love!

Their love teaches me more about life and my faith, than any sermon, book, or study. The fact is I experience more of the gospel being made complete through the extension of their love than just about anywhere else!

It is through my beloved-ness of them, that I learn what it truly means for me to be called The Beloved.

Photo Credit: Dalla* via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Dalla* via Compfight cc

This is why I’m lead to worship!

I don’t deserve to be called Beloved. Like the image above, I don’t deserve to be held and whispered to, saying that it’s all going to be ok. I spit and kick and lash out in tantrums when I don’t get what I want, and The Father’s response each and every time is to hold me close and continue to call me Beloved.

And that’s what He does for you too!

That’s why He deserves our worship!

And that’s the source of Creating the Awesome.

When you and I understand who we are, understand our identity as Beloved, then and only then does the foundation of our hearts settle, creating in us, the desire to worship. Once we experience this life giving freedom, we can’t help but wake up with renewed energies and passions. It becomes the new normal.

Henri Nouwen discusses this perfectly in his book Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World. He says:

“Aren’t you, like me, hoping that some person, thing, or event will come along to give you that final feeling of inner well-being you desire? Don’t you often hope: ‘May this book, idea, course, trip, job, country or relationship fulfill my deepest desire.’ But as long as you are waiting for that mysterious moment you will go on running helter-skelter, always anxious and restless, always lustful and angry, never fully satisfied. You know that this is the compulsiveness that keeps us going and busy, but at the same time makes us wonder whether we are getting anywhere in the long run. This is the way to spiritual exhaustion and burn-out. This is the way to spiritual death. … Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence.”

This is the essence of our worship and why we lead others in worship.

So I invite you today, rest in the knowledge and core truth of your existence.

You are the Beloved!

And btw, if you’re interested in guest posting for Worship Wednesday, I’d love to have you! Email me directly at josh [at] thejoshcollins [dot] com and tell me your idea!

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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.
  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    I always enjoy your thoughts, Josh. Your post reminded me of the song Remind Me Who I Am from Jason Grey. We are His and that’s a reason to worship!

Posted on: June 5, 2013

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