Praise – What Is Different?

Scripture: Luke 24.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Luke 24:52-53 (NLT)

52 So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.

53 And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

I found this chapter very inspirational, because the events described (Jesus’ resurrection) that led the two followers of Jesus to end up praising God, as described in verse 53 above, compared to the unprepared manner in which many of us go to church/worship on Saturday or Sunday, shows some very stark differences. Take a moment and read the chapter friend. You will see that these followers were discussing Jesus’ death, and then the reported resurrection as told by the first females who went to the tomb to embalm the body. Although unrecognized by the followers, Jesus shows up in their midst and asked them to explain their dilemma. Think about their response, compared to how careful/afraid/respectful we try to be in sharing our Christian beliefs/witness with a stranger. After all, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by saying something that may offend them! Down in verses 25 thru 27, Jesus was actually allowed to explain the scriptures to them. When last have you ‘had the time’ to sit down and listen to the Word explained to you? When last have you felt that you ‘had the time’ to ask about the scriptures? Look at the attendance to Sunday School or Sunday and Wednesday evening services and notice the small percentage of the Sunday morning attendees that have any interest or ‘time’ to learn more about the Word. Friends, there is so much going on in our fast paced lives with sports, hunting, fishing, dance (for our kids), work and so many other things, that we quickly conclude that there is just ‘no time’ to also attend church yet a second or third time in our busy week. Now, compare this rushed/busy life of ours and evaluate if you feel we really have ‘time’ to listen intently to Jesus and allow our ‘eyes to be opened so that we may recognize Jesus’ as the followers did in verse 31 of this chapter. Also let’s think about what our weekend worship services might be like, if we came filled with so much joy about our interaction with Jesus during the week? The followers of Jesus were able to ‘spend all their time in the Temple praising God‘ because of their interaction and time with Jesus!

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus, we have gone so far in our busy lives that we acknowledge that we don’t spend enough time with You and in Your Word. This has affected the joy and enthusiasm of our worship, because we go to our worship services as people who have not expressed personal worship of You, or actually slowed down enough to listen to Your voice through Your precious Word. We are often unprepared to worship and come to services hoping that there will be something charismatic enough about the band, or the music leaders or the pastor that may excite us enough to think that we have connected with You. Please forgive us, and please open our eyes to the truths of Your Word. Please teach us to spend time with You so that You may minister to us individually, and have such an impact on us that we may in turn minister to others.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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