Remember when we talked about how much God delights in us? We also talked about how much God takes delight when we do what we were created to do.
We love to ‘do’ stuff. It makes us feel good when we ‘do’ something. We want to feel productive and successful and useful. It’s in our nature to ‘do’ stuff.
It’s no different when it comes to the worship of God.
We want to be about the business of doing something……so we sing, we serve, we give, we make.
In the process of all this doing, what is supposed to be worship of God becomes a whole lot of busyness. Somehow, a human being becomes a human ‘doing’.
I’ve been guilty of this. I want so much to please God with all the good stuff I can do. I want Him to be happy with all the stuff I can produce as a good Christian should.
But God wants more than that. He wants my heart.
Yes, God wants me to do all those good things. In fact, He’s created me to do all those good things for His Glory. But, He doesn’t NEED me to do those things for Him.
What He wants is my heart. He wants me to just to be with Him. He wants intimacy. It’s hard to have intimacy with God when I’m busy running around doing all the time!
God wants intimacy with you like a husband and wife know each other. Does that seem a little weird? But, it’s true.
Well, how about God wants intimacy like a Father and a child. Yes, God wants that kind of closeness with you.
Even still, God wants to be close to you like two brothers or two best friends.
There are a variety of ways that God describes His desire for intimacy with us, but the bottom line is He wants us to just ‘be’ with Him!
While I’m spending time with God, my mind can race with all the ideas of what I should be doing and all the things I need show accomplish. Even during my prayer, I talking out my plans with God.
But then I try to stop. “Hey Father God……I’m just going to stop and focus on You. You are all that matters right now.”
I have found that when I spend time just being with God it makes the things I do for God more effective. I feel more joyful and the doing flows more easily. It’s not an obligation or burden because being with Him overflows into the things I am doing.
One of my favorite worship songs says,
“I’ll bring you more than a song ‘
Cause a song in itself is not what you have required
You search much deeper within through the way things appear
You’re looking in my heart……
I’m coming back to the heart of worship cause it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
Do you feel like God wants intimacy with you?
Do you get lost in a whirlwind of busyness and forget to spend time with God?
Are you a human ‘doing’ more than a human ‘being’?
Yes, God loves all those things you do. He made you to do those things to bring Him glory.
But what God wants MOST is to just be with you. What God wants MOST is your heart!
Take the time to be with God.
If you need some ideas on how to be with God, try this little study guide I created. I know, summer is over, and it’s finally fall (yay!) So, this will be the last time I offer the Summer Gardening Series until next summer. It will help you discover some ways to practice being with God. Hope it helps. Sign up here!
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