Today’s Reading: Hosea 6:1-9:17 (additional reading: Psalm 126:1-6 & Proverbs 29:12-14 )
What we have here in our text is an evidence of a spiritual decline. Hosea has much to say about backsliding. Here is a danger that faces every one of us who are Christians: spiritual decline and holding some things back from God. Hosea 6:1 says “Come, and let us return unto the Lord” There was a king who sent out a decree to all in his land. He asked them to come to dinner. The reason for this dinner was to fill his new mote with water. He asked all the guests to bring a vessel of water no matter what the size. So all of his kingdoms attended and brought vessels of water. Some brought a cup, some brought a gallon, some brought five gallons, then some brought fifty gallons. Upon completion of dinner, the king opened a door in his dining room which was filled with many jewels. After doing this he told the people to go in and fill their vessels to the top. So what you put in is what you get out!
The more we empty ourselves to God, the more He fills us. Worship is a continuous offering to God of all that we have and all that we are. It is giving ourselves utterly and completely to God, and being willing for him to direct our lives however he sees fit.
We were all at one time separated from God by our sin; we were alienated from Him by our stubborn insistence upon going our own way, without any reference to the One who made us. We were absolutely determined to do what we wanted; to do what we deemed best. Unwilling to tolerate any interference from God; refusing to acknowledge his rightful authority over us. But Christ changed all that and today we need to keep that old life under control and submit to His ways.
We worship God by giving to Him our actions; by living in obedience to His commandments, and by offering up to him our abilities. And again, it’s not so much what you do – whether you’re a nurse, or homemaker, or accountant, or pastor, or schoolteacher. What matters is who you’re doing it for. Because literally everything we do, from morning to night, should be done as an expression of our love for God. Our desire should be to please Him in everything, no matter how ordinary or mundane. As Paul wrote: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV
Rick Warren has a phrase for this which I really like. He calls it “turning your work to worship”. It’s not about stopping everything we are doing and just praying all day, but it’s about allowing God into your everything. It about Him being your everything!
Are you willing to be empty so that God can fill you?
Father, Thank You for filling us anew. Help us to live our lives to bring glory to You. In Jesus’ name, amen