Righting Ourselves for Praise
Verse 35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
This week we have been looking at three questions that are vital to our Sabbath keeping praise because our relationship with God and our fellow believers has a lot to do with our being able to praise in a right spirit. So far we have answered, “What is my relationship with Christ?” and “What is my relationship with fellow believers in the church?” Today we address the final question, “How are my answers to those questions affecting the congregational worship?”
If we answered the first 2 questions honestly, none of us could have given ourselves the highest scores in either of those categories. The truth is that when we evaluate ourselves in the light of Scripture we aren’t all that we think we are. Self-evaluation is something that we are called to do before taking communion. We are to examine our hearts and lives to see if we are in right standing with God and our fellow believers.
We need to be serious with our evaluating. We need to be in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to show us places and people we need to take action with. If we don’t do this evaluation regularly we are more likely to fall into the pit of sin. When we aren’t thinking about where we stand with God it is easy to find ourselves walking closer and closer to the world and not even realizing we have walked so far from Him and His ways. If we don’t give close attention to our relationships with other believers we stop being intentional about how we live out love.
If we are serious about our relationship with God and want to praise Him as He has called us to. We need to be spending time dwelling on His Word and how He has called us to live. We can fool ourselves into thinking we are living in right relationship with God when in reality we have only passing relationship with Him. If we aren’t spending time maintaining the relationship then we are not growing in our relationship. If we aren’t growing in our relationship our praise is going to turn stale because our relationship has.
Maintaining healthy relationships with other believers says just as much about us as it says about them. If we don’t work at loving our fellow church members, even those that we aren’t close friends with, how do we think we can praise with them? Jesus said that the world would know we are His followers by our love for each other. Can the world tell we are His followers?
Making It Personal
After this week of looking closer at these questions, how do you answer them now? Did your original answer change? What needs to change to improve your answers?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you find that you can praise better when you are happy with God? Do you find it easier to praise when you are getting along with your family? Who do you need to talk to today to make things right so you can be happy to praise again?
Father, thank You for holding us to a higher level of life than we would naturally choose ourselves. Father, give us a desire to maintain relationships with You and each other so that our praise to You can abound. In Jesus’ name, amen.