Made to Worship
Well, today as I do every Sunday I went to church and as usual, I got a lot out of it. Today our pastor (who I realized in the middle of the sermon resembles Steve Carell a bit…) talked about the Sanctity of Human Life (Yes, I realize that I talked about this last week so I’ll just briefly touch on that but last week was my actually pastor this was my pastor here at college) as today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. The sermon again was very good and I got a lot out of it. So, as has become my norm on Sunday afternoons, I will write some about what I learned today! :) *Starts singing VeggieTales ending song – “And so what we have learned applies to our lives today, and God has a lot to say in His Book.”*
The sermon mostly dealt with Acts 17:16-32, the passage talks of Paul in Athens discussing God with the Gentiles there. They mention that he has some “strange” and “startling” ideas. He says to them that he has noticed that they are very religious but don’t know of the One, True God and precedes to tell them about God. In the first part of verse 24 Paul says, ““He is the God who made the world and everything in it.” Then 27 and 28 say, “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him—though He is not far from any one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.” I thought that was quite inspiring indeed. I mean, obviously I’ve always known it but we are God’s offspring, His children. Our whole purpose in life, our ONLY purpose for life is to seek after God, to worship Him! If you go to even the most primitive tribe in the world, they will all be worshiping something, even though it won’t usually be the right thing, the True God. Without God, we still all have a longing for Him, a hole in our hearts, a longing to worship and enjoy God. He made us to worship Him and love Him with all of our hearts. That is our sole purpose for this life. We exist to know God, to find Him. He is a real being that we can know personally and have a relationship with!
The other thing my pastor brought up today was sin, we tend as humans to be troubled that God is giving life those who do evil deeds, we feel sometimes that since He is the one who has given them life, He is somehow an accomplice in their actions. Of course, this is not true at all! God is not like humans in that way at all, it’s not even remotely His fault that they have acted like that, in fact, it makes their sin all that much worse, He has given us life and breath and everything yet each and every one of us have used that life and breath to do things that are completely against God. That makes all of our sins that much more terrible! All sins in life point to a failure in worship. There is only one hope to get out of sin, and that is repentance. The rest of creation does what is was made to do. The animals make their homes and go about their daily lives for the glory of God. Planets rotate and stars blaze for the glory of God. Humans are the only ones who have screwed that up. We don’t do what we were made to do, we go out and do our own thing, not even thinking of God most of the time. Our ignorance in this matter is from Spiritual hard-heartedness. It’s not an honest mistake, we know exactly what we’re doing when we turn against God. Our only hope is new life. We have an obligation to repent to God.
The last thing the pastor touched on was of course the Sanctity of life. For the most part, he talked about the same things my pastor at home talked about last week and the things I spoke about in my blog last week but he also gave a quote from Kansas Senator Sam Brownback that said, “We gather today in celebration of life, God’s greatest gift. We gather today in support of the idea that we all have value. Every human life is sacred whether the person is under-educated, unemployed, or unborn. They are all sacred lives.” Brownback said that at some sort of pro-life meeting or something and I thought this it was a really awesome quote.
Well, I suppose that is a long enough post for today. I hope that any of you reading it enjoyed it!