December 2, 2022 — Worship is to follow coming to faith

“Are you familiar with the expression, ‘Getting all your ducks in a row’?” Stan asked me one morning while we were having breakfast.

“Sure,” I replied. “Having all my stuff organized for the next step. Why do you ask?”

“Well,” Stan said, “I saw something in John’s gospel earlier this morning that reminded me of that expression. And, before you ask, no, John wasn’t writing about ducks!”

“What was He writing about?” I asked.

“How worship is to follow coming to faith,” Stan replied.

“Worship is to follow faith,” I repeated. “What was going on?”

“It’s the story of how Jesus healed a young man who had been blind from the time he was born,” Stan replied.

“Born blind,” I commented. “That’s tough. It was wonderful that Jesus healed him.”

“You’re right about that,” Stan said. “And it’s even more wonderful that the young man came to faith after his encounter with Jesus, along with what came next. It’s the what-came-next part that I think applies to me and is to apply to each person who has come to faith.”

“What’s that?”

“It’s in a single verse,” Stan replied, “that says the young man came to believe in Jesus and then he worshipped Jesus.”

“Oh,” I said, “he came to faith and then he worshipped Jesus.  That’s kind of like getting your ducks in a row in that one is to follow the other. Is that it?”

“That’s it,” Stan replied. ‘Get ‘em in order and keep ‘em that way!”


Bible verses to consider: 

And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshipped Him. John 9:38.

Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2.

And they came to the house and saw the Child with Mary, His mother; and they fell down and worshipped Him. Matthew 2:11.

But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers. John 4:10.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for you provision of Jesus and His cross as the way to you for eternal redemption and salvation. Thank you for those who brought me to that truth so I could accept it. Thank you, too, that you want me to worship you and Jesus as the next step that’s to follow coming to faith. I confess that too often I do not worship you as you deserve and as you intend. Please forgive the foolish disobedience of not worshipping you as I should. Please help me in following every step of your lead so I do, in fact, worship you exactly and and as fully as you want and deserve. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you come to faith by accepting God’s provision so you can worship Him as He wants and deserves? If you have not come to faith, why do you want to remain separated from God? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with worshipping God? If you sense the need for change in your worship, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

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