Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
12/01/2013, by John Kincaid
Lesson 72: Ice Water: Bucket #2
Flesh suggests we put on our best clothes. If we insist on worshiping, the flesh will change our religion into a ritual, where we play dress-up.
Put on our costume, pretend to be a nice Christian, and go through the motions. On the outside, we appear godly.
But in our hearts, there is no true reverence and love for God. God will not accept insincere worship.
Heb.12:28-29 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
God “demands my soul, my life, my all” (the final line of Isaac Watts’ hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross).
Worship involves more than our bodies. God wants our mind and our whole heart: our thoughts, our desires, our dreams, our everything.
John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit & truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, & those who worship him must worship in spirit & truth.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.