Worshiping in Everyday Occasions
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” —John 1:48
We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us—it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion?” Yet, you won’t be able to rise to the occasion unless you are participating now in God’s training ground. If you are not doing the task that is closest to you now—which God has engineered into your life—when the crisis comes, instead of being fit for battle, you will be revealed as unfit. Crises always reveal a person’s true character.
A private relationship of worshiping God is the greatest essential element of spiritual fitness. The time will come, as Nathanael experienced in this passage, that a private “fig-tree” life will no longer be possible. Everything will be out in the open, and you will find yourself to be of no value there if you have not been worshiping in everyday occasions in your own home. If your worship is right in your private relationship with God, then when He sets you free, you will be ready. It is in the unseen life, which only God saw, that you have become perfectly fit. And when the strain of the crisis comes, you can be relied upon by God.
Are you saying, “But I can’t be expected to live a sanctified life in my present circumstances; I have no time for prayer or Bible study right now; besides, my opportunity for battle hasn’t come yet, but when it does, of course I will be ready”? No, you will not. If you have not been worshiping in everyday occasions, when you get involved in God’s work, you will not only be useless yourself but also a hindrance to those around you.
God’s training ground, where the missionary weapons are found, is the hidden, personal, worshiping life of the saint.—Oswald Chambers
· When circumstances in my life become overwhelming, how do I usually react? What does this reveal about my relationship with my Lord?
· How can I spend an extended time with the Lord today?
Prayer – Heavenly Father, I want my life to be a constant conversation with You. Help me to keep my thoughts on You all day long, and create time to spend with You alone. Forgive me for putting things ahead of You and make my priorities reflect Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.