Google+ 08/11/13 Here I Am To Worship! Part 2

Genesis 28:18-22

 

The next morning Jacob got up very early.

He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar.

Then he poured olive oil over it.

He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although it was previously called Luz.

Then Jacob made this vow:

“If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey,

And if he will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home,

Then the Lord will certainly be my God.

And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God,

And I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”

 

In part two of our two-part devotion series discussing worship, Jacob has found his place of worship and has made it holy for God.  While this first step is incredibly important in our quest to worship God effectively, having a place of worship is no substitute for actually worshiping!  So, Jacob makes a vow to God.  Jacob proclaims that if the promise God has made to Him about keeping him safe, feeding and clothing him, and protecting him on his journey is all true, Jacob is all in!  Jacob vows to worship God at the same place constantly and give back to God a tenth of everything He gives him. Notice that Jacob did not need someone to pass an offering plate in order for him to be obedient to God in giving back a tenth of everything he was given.  By the way, that does not just mean money.  It also means time.  We are given 24 hours every day.  Let's give at least 2 1/2 hours back to God in worship, prayer, service, and fellowship.  Let's ask ourselves if we have made Jacob's promise to God.  After all, has God not protected us, kept us safe, and provided our daily bread?  If we are to truly worship God, we must make a vow to Him.  What is the vow God desires us to make?  We are to accept His Son as our personal Savior.  We are to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with all our heart.  We are to promise to love our neighbor as ourselves.  We are to give back to Him, at least a tenth of all we have.  God has done His part, so we need to do ours.  Please listen to the sermon as I expand on this vow and how we activate it daily in our lives.  We end this two-part devotion series the same way we started it.  We must be fully aware that we were "Made to Worship!"