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Friday, January 20, 2017

"Whole Life" Worship

One of the popular trends in nutrition and dieting is the idea of eating whole foods. These are foods that are not processed or refined and retain their natural nutrients and benefits. They are nature's best for us. When it comes to worship, I believe that God is looking for "whole life" worship.

Worship is a way through which we can express our love for God. As such, the worship we offer Him should contain all that we have and all that we are, our whole lives--whole life worship. This is the type of worship that Jesus was talking about when He said that we should worship God with our whole heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37). Whole life worship is our best for God.

The idea that we are to love the Lord, to worship Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength is found in both the Old and New Testaments (Deuteronomy 6:5; Mark 12:30). Our hearts must be His. We need to worship Him and Him alone. Our souls must also be His. We need to walk on the path of righteousness and avoid temptation. And, our minds must be His. We need to focus on Him and make Him the center of our lives. Our thoughts must be guided by Him. Finally, our strength must be His. We need to put all that we have into loving and worshiping Him. We need to be "whole life" worshipers.

Lord, I seek to be a "whole life" worshiper. Help me to do that. When I worship You, let it be with all of my heart, all of my soul, all of my mind, and all of my strength. Help me to worship You in the Spirit and in truth. Help me to stay tuned to Your Holy Spirit in all that I do and especially in my worship of You. Let me feel Your presence in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen!

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