Applying Worship Of Christ To Life
Does the worship of God, His Son Jesus, have anything to do with our daily living or our daily lives? Many seem not to think so. Those who can attend worship services on Sunday mornings, leave, then go and party in bars, and behave in lewd, raucous, and barbarous ways demean the very act which they seemed to perform that morning.
The worship of Jehovah/YHWH is a precious opportunity which has been given us by Him through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no genuine worship of God except through the DOOR God has given; and there is only one door into His presence and worship.
Jesus said to the woman at the well, “God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24). There is one way of worship and that has been provided by God Himself, through the born again spirit of man, and through the living truth of Jesus Christ.
We can worship God only as we humble ourselves before Him, and in the awe of His presence revere, the ALL-POWERFUL, ALL-KNOWING, ALL PRESENT, AND Immutable One who ever lives to make intercession for us. In our worship we honor, praise, and glorify Him alone who is worthy.
Our worship of Jehovah is not confined to one day per week, or even two. Our worship of Him is a daily event, and should be practiced and applied throughout the whole day, everyday of the week.
We apply the worship of Christ in our lives through…
I. …THE POSSESSED BOLDNESS (v. 19).
II. …THE PROVIDED BODY (vv. 20-21).
III. …THE PROFESSED BELIEF (vv. 22-23).
IV. …THE PROVOKED BURDEN (v. 24).
V. …THE PERPETUAL BANNER (v. 25).
I. WE APPLY THE WORSHIP OF CHRIST IN OUR LIVES THROUGH THE POSSESSED BOLDNESS (v. 19).
A. This boldness has been given to us “by the blood of Jesus” dying on the cross for our sins.
1. This boldness given us is boldness to worship Him entering into His court with praise, honor and glory.
2. This boldness is given that we might share it with others in our local church
B. With this boldness we possess, we can encourage others who have fallen, or gone astray; and we can be strong no matter what comes into our lives.
C. With this POSSESSED BOLDNESS we have access to the very throne of grace.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)
II. WE APPLY THE WORSHIP OF CHRIST IN OUR LIVES THROUGH THE PROVIDED BODY (vv. 20-21).
A. Without THE PROVIDED BODY of Christ we were all doomed to eternal despair and death in our body (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:5, 13-15).
B. With the sacrifice of THE PROVIDED BODY of Jesus, His death, the veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom (Matthew 27:50-51).
1. This veil separated the Holy place from the Holy of Holies where the ark of the covenant was to be.
2. The veil had temporarily represented a wall of separation between the sinner and God.
3. Because of the torn body of Jesus Christ, the veil is torn by God Himself, showing to all who will believe that the way is now provided.
C. Through THE PROVIDED BODY of Christ He became our sacrifice for sin; He was our Substitute receiving God’s wrath for our sin.
D. His body of flesh became our sin, our iniquities, and our trangressions.
1. He endured the wrath, the hatred of sin, and the rejection of His Father (Matthew 27:45-46).
2. He groaned in the filth, the slime of sin that He became.
“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV).
III. WE APPLY THE WORSHIP OF CHRIST IN OUR LIVES THROUGH THE PROFESSED BELIEF (vv. 22-23).
A. Peter confessed, professing that Jesus was the Christ, Son of the living God (Matthew 16:15-16).
1. Every Christian has made this their own profession of faith, “Jesus is the Christ, Son of the living God.”
2. It is professed in sincereity – genuine, true.
3. It is professed and is secure in its Founder’s faith.
4. It a professed salvation which delivers from the crippling affects of guilt.
5. It is our sanctification; setting those who believe apart from the condemnation of the world.
B. It is THE PROFESSED BELIEF which must be shared with others, and we learn how by our coming together in worship.
C. In our professed belief we can come together encouraging one another in the faith.
IV. WE APPLY THE WORSHIP OF CHRIST IN OUR LIVES THROUGH THE PROVOKED BURDEN (v. 24).
A. One of the meanings for the word P-r-o-v-o-k-e according to the MIRRIAM/WEBSTER Dictionary is – “:to stir up on purpose”.
1. There are some who “stir up” to cause trouble.
2. The meaning in our text is to “stir up” toward the good, godly, and righteous works of God.
3. In some, a maybe many local churches there needs to be a “stirring of the pot” to bring to surface all that is not of God; then deal with it Christianly and Biblically.
B. To cause one another to be stirred up into a great enthusiasm for God and about the work He has done and is doing in our lives and the lives of others.
1. Like Paul reminding Timothy, encouraging him in the power of the Spirit of God.
2. Like a pot of stew cooking on the stove, the good meats, and sometimes seasonings need to be stirred to get them into the whole, for a better flavor.
3. We all sometimes need to be provoked into doing the right thing, the right work, thinking the right thoughts; and church is the place for that; among brethren.
C. The main purpose for our coming together for worship is to glorify our Lord and Savior as a born again, baptised, body of believers readying themselves for the coming of our King.
1. Encouraging one another to love and strength in Christ Jesus.
2. Motivating one another toward the likeness of Christ, and of praise to our Lord.
3. Provoking one another into good works.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)
V. WE APPLY THE WORSHIP OF CHRIST IN OUR LIVES THROUGH THE PERPETUAL BANNER (v. 25).
A. Our assembly, and our assembling together is a banner that others see.
1. When you tell others you are Christian, you attend a certain church; then the people will watch you, and they watch your “Banner” fly.
2. The Banner of Christ is raised when we worship.
B. The Banner of the soon coming of Jesus Christ “The approaching day” is raised when we gather.
1. Every time Christians assemble together we are proclaiming that Jesus is coming soon; at least that should be on our minds and hearts.
2. Those who love the appearing will be thinking of His soon coming (2 Timothy 4:8).
3. Every Lord’s day service is in remembrance of those things He taught us; His death, burial and resurrection; and His return.
4. The promise of His return is a Banner that is raised as a deterrent to evil in the Christian life.
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4-7 (KJV)
C. This PERPETUAL BANNER is raised every time a reflection of Jesus Christ is revealed in our lives to someone else.
i. When we worship Christ together we have a possessed boldness, not found anywhere else, but in Christ, because we have access to the throne of God – the throne of grace.
ii. When we worship Christ together we are reminded of His body broken, His blood shed for our sins, and His substitution for us on the cross.
iii. When we worship Christ together the Professed Belief we have becomes stronger, bolder, louder, and we are strengthened for Him and His glory.
iv. When we worship Christ together that is when we stir one another up, bring sin out to the surface, deal with it and also stir the good things up as well.
v. When we worship Christ there is a Banner raised for all the world to see whom we serve, whom we worship, and whose we are.
-Tim A. Blankenship