struggles

Today we continue our values series, inspired by the book #Struggles by Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv. Read more about the book here.

Today we’re focused on worship, which is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration, usually towards a deity.  Our struggle is that worship can sometimes turn away from God and to other things.  The temptations?  Vehicles, relationships, positions, television shows, social media, homes, bank accounts…they can all distract us.

Craig reminds us in the book that nothing is worth more that having a growing passion for our loving God. There’s plenty of scripture that talks about this – I mean, it’s in the Ten Commandments! (Exodus 20:3-5).

Mark 8:34-37 also reminds us that letting our souls be consumed with anything but God isn’t worth it: 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

We will never be satisfied when we let our souls be consumed with anything but God. So it may be time to tear down some of the idols that are trying to build kingdoms in our heart. Maybe it’s time to take an inventory of our social media use, when research says that 80% of our posting is about us and our lives.

God has something better for us.

Thanks for listening!

-Joe

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