Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | February 2, 2010

Day 13: Worship Pleasing to God

Warren offers 4 aspects that make worship pleasing to God:
1. Accuracy–worship God as he is truly revealed in the Bible, not as you choose to see him.
2. Authenticity–worship should be genuine and heartfelt, with genuine emotions, not just going through the motions. Be yourself.
3. Thoughtful–“Love God with all your mind.”
4. Practical–offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. You have to be there! Physically.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
Warren quotes a Gary Thomas from his book Sacred Pathways, on 9 ways people draw near to God:
1. Naturalists–loving God in Nature
2. Sensates–loving God through the senses, sight, taste, hearing, smell, touch.
3. Traditionalists–loving God through liturgy, symbols, rituals, structures.
4. Ascetics–loving God in solitude ans simplicity(I think that’s me).
5. Activists–Loving God by loving others and confronting evil, battling for justice, helping the needy.
6. Caregivers–loving others; meeting their needs.
7. Enthusiasts–Loving God through celebration.
8. Contemplatives–loving God through adoration.
9. Intellectuals–Loving God by studying with their mind.

Each of these statements deserve time in contemplation, so have at it!

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Responses

  1. thank u pleasing God and loving him thats enough for this very life its easy being in human hurting Jesus knowingly and unknowingly but faithful God forgets everything .. for such a God we rather i have to please and love him .. more……. and more just please God … purpose of life superb… this article reminded me a lot many points from the book … worship … a clear relation withOur EVER LPVING God …
    Please GOD …..= Purpose of Life..

    God bless thank u 🙂

  2. Hey,

    I’m about to do day 14 today. Thanks for the Hindu list. It corroborates what I’ve been trying to say about tai chi as well–through the physical movements, we somehow become closer to and in harmony with the source of life.

  3. I read Purpose Driven Life about six years ago, not because I was interested in it, but just because my friends wouldn’t shut up about it. I thought the early parts of the book were great, though from about this point on, it seemed to lose its intensity. Your posts a few days back about being friends with God and doing laundry with Him– that’s great stuff, and for me, that ended up being the high point of the book. (Perhaps your experiences will be different.) Maybe that’s my own failing– I can’t yet conceive of anything more spiritually advanced than inviting God over on laundry day, so maybe the rest of the book is just over my head. Or maybe the publisher insisted that Warren come up with “40” because “12” wouldn’t sell. (Publishing works that way, unfortunately.)

    Anyway…

    Similar to Thomas’s list here, Hindus recognize four general routes up the spiritual mountain–

    -The path of work; in the performance of our worldly labor, we move closer to God
    -The path of yoga; physical exercise, with spiritual purpose, also brings us closer to God
    -The path of love; Christianity teaches this path, and perhaps knows it better than anyone
    -The path of study; this is the fastest, though also the steepest, route to the peak

    It’s the same peak in all four cases, of course. In various posts here, you’ve commented on each of these paths, so you know them already.

    Thomas’s list isn’t quite as strong as what the Hindus developed, but he hasn’t had centuries in which to narrow things down, either. For example, what meaningful difference is there between Naturalists and Intellectuals?


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