ACTS Now

When you pray, do you ever find yourself getting distracted?

You know, you start off with a hearty “Our Father” and maybe even a “who art in heaven” but then your mind starts to drift off to all the stuff you gotta do and then maybe some dumb 70s song that’s stuck in your head and then maybe sports and then …

Wait, where was I?

100% God’s

Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

The first 11 chapters of Romans paint a beautiful picture of God’s mind-bending mercy — His grace, love, joy, peace and the great gift of faith.

Wednesday Worship

It’s Wednesday. According to lots of polls, it’s the worst day of the week and the day on which people do the most grumbling.

Let’s live differently today . . .

Shout for joy to Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
(Psalm 100)

Ask the Spirit to fill your day with exclamation points . . .

SHOUT for joy!

WORSHIP with gladness!!

THANK God!!!

PRAISE Him!!!!

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sing!

Sing joyfullly to the Lord, all you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
(Psalm 33:1)

When I first became a Christian, I tried really hard to like Christian music. I bought Christian CDs, listened to Christian radio stations, went to Christian concerts and even tried writing some Christian songs myself. What I found, though, was that for some reason approximately 99.3% of Christian music (and 100% of the songs I wrote) gave me gastrointestinal difficulty.

Over the years, I’ve managed to overcome my musical snobbery enough to discover several Christian-y songs that don’t upset my delicate musical sensibilities. So, without further ado, here are my . . .

ALL-TIME-TOP-TEN-DESERT-ISLAND-TURN-‘EM-UP-TO-ELEVEN SONGS

1.   Get Down by Audio Adrenaline
2.   40 (Live) by U2
3.   It Is You by Newsboys
4.   Amazing Grace (Live) by Tree63
5.   Every Grain of Sand by Bob Dylan
6.   Blood of Jesus by Rock ‘n Roll Worship Circus
7.   I Need More Love by Robert Randolph
8.   Super Good Feeling by Bleach
9.   Life is Good (Eternal Life is Better) by Stellar Kart
10. In the Sun by Michael Stipe and Chris Martin

On the way to work the other day, I was singing along rather loudly (and badly) to Song #1 on the list. I love the lyrics:

GET DOWN
(By Audio Adrenaline)

Lavishly our lives are wasted
Humbleness is left untasted
You can’t live your life to please yourself
That’s a tip from my mistakes
Exactly what it doesn’t take
To win you gotta come in last place
To live your life you’ve got to lose it
And all the losers get a crown

(Chorus)
I get down, He lifts me up
I get down, He lifts me up
I get down, He lifts me up
I get down

All I need’s another day
Where I can’t seem to get away
From the many things that drag me down
I’m sure you’ve had a day like me
Where nothing seems to set you free
From burdens you can’t carry all alone
In your weakness He is stronger
In the darkness He shines through
When you’re crying He’s your comfort
When you’re all alone He’s carrying you

(Chorus)

This valley is so deep
I can barely see the sun
I cry out for mercy Lord
And you lift me up again

(Chorus)

100% God’s

Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)

The first 11 chapters of Romans paint a beautiful picture of God’s mind-bending mercy — His grace, love, joy, peace and the great gift of faith. 

That’s what the “Therefore” in this verse is there for. In view of all that mercy, we’re called to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. That’s real worship.

Start today off by thanking God for his great mercy. And then give yourself 100% to Him. All you have is His. Live that way today.

BE A LIVING SACRIFICE