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(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.27)

Look at Jesus’ own life. He is our living example (John 13:15). We are to walk as He walked (1

John 2:6). How did He love His Father with all His heart, soul, and mind? By His words and His

example, how did he teach His disciples to follow this greatest commandment?

Read the gospels. Read them hungrily, asking God to enlighten you. You’ll see that for Christ,

loving God was far more than telling God how great He was. Worship was not an experience. It

was a life. He loved and worshiped His Father through daily prayer, faith, obedience, self-

sacrifice, holiness, and patient endurance. He prized His Father’s approval, not seeking His own

will nor the praise of other people. Hearing and obeying the Father was His constant goal and

source of strength.

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John

4:34, NIV)

For Jesus, the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) was a lifestyle. He sought only His Father’s glory,

Kingdom and will. He depended on the Father constantly and completely. He forgave all who

wronged Him, even His murderers, and He turned away from evil, keeping His eyes on the

Father.

The life of Jesus teaches us the meaning of the word worship. Our church services are only the

smallest part of it. Worship is 168 hours per week, not one hour on Sunday. Worship is far more

than telling God how great He is. Worship is a full life response to Him. It is daily walking with

Him in faith, love, and obedience.

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