There seems to be a chilling fear of holy enthusiasm among the people of God. We try to tell how happy we are–but we remain so well-controlled that there are very few waves of glory experienced in our midst.
From Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.
If you will not worship God seven days a week, you do not really worship Him on one day a week.
From John 4:23-24: “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
People who are crucified with Christ have three distinct marks: They are facing only one direction, they can never turn back, and they no longer have plans of their own.
From Galatians 2:19-20: “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ.”
Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.
From Psalm 50:23: “Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor Me; to those who go the right way I will show the Salvation of God.”