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Worship In The Kitchen

Worship In The Kitchen

13 December 2010

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 12-13; Jude

Scripture:


Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets. (Hebrews 13:16 MSG)

There’s so much in Hebrews 13 about learning to get along with each other, getting our faith out of the church building and into the streets, and responding to our leaders.

Here’s a thought about true worship: Acts of worship don’t only take place in church services with singing of songs and prayers. Sharing what we have with others is an act of God-worship. Preparing a meal in the kitchen can be an act of worship. Being a friend to someone at work can be an act of worship. Going to the streets with the Good News or with warm clothing and a meal can be an act of worship.

I believe God receives the worship we offer in practicing spiritual disciplines, in singing songs together, in praying corporately, in gathering as the family of God, the body of Christ. But God takes “particular pleasure” in personal acts of kindness to others, in sharing what we have, in taking the love of Jesus to people right where they are.

Friends, what can you do between now and Christmas to take your acts of true worship to the kitchen, the workplace, and the streets!

Prayer:


Father, I’m glad we have this cultural tradition of giving and sharing with others at the Christmas. But as we go forward, please help me and my family and those I influence to learn to be giving-conscious and sharing-aware all year long and with people in every arena of our lives. And please let us learn to do these acts of sharing as acts of love because of you and acts of worship to you. Amen.

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