Day thirteen of The Purpose Driven Life begins with telling me that God wants all of me. He wants me to serve Him with all of my heart, all of my soul, all of my mind and all of my strength. Warren offers four characteristics of worship that please God.
The chapter ends with the story of Matt Redman and how he came to write “The Heart of Worship.” Warren closes with the cute (but rather meaningless) statement, “the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.”
Warren quotes the Bible over twenty times using six translations and paraphrases. Interestingly, he quotes John 4:23 two times, each in a different translation. He also quotes 1 Corinthians 14: 16-17 as support to his statement that “worship services must be understandable to unbelievers.” Though I agree with him, the passage he quotes is very obviously speaking to the issue of speaking in tongues. It has nothing to do with making our worship services appealing to unbelievers.
Today’s point to ponder is “God wants all of me.” When I first became a Christian there were parts of myself I held back. I’m sure if I closely examine each and every part of my life I would find that there are still many parts I hold back from Him. I am thankful, though, that as I look back over the years I can see that God is working in me to dedicate more of myself to Him. I think this is part of the process of maturing as a Christian. As I mature He shows me more and more areas that I need to let go of in order to truly surrender myself to Him. It is my prayer that He will convict me of any areas I need to release to Him so I can be truly and fully His.
Tomorrow’s topic is When God Seems Distant