LAVISH LOVE: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (I John 3:1 NIV)

God Enjoys Variety

I’m rereading a favorite book by Phil Yancy and Dr. Paul Brand. “Fearfully & Wonderfully Made” reImagecounts the marvels of our human bodies and how all our gazillion parts work in sync. The authors relate the intricacies of our bodies’ abilities and functions to that of the church as described by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 12.

Because it’s Sunday, I’ll share a church thought from C.S. Lewis that was quoted in the book. When Lewis first began attending church services, he disliked hymns, “which he considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth-rate music. But as he continued, he said, ‘I realized that the hymns (which were just sixth-rate music) were, nevertheless, being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic-side boots in the opposite pew, and then you realize that you aren’t fit to clean those boots. It gets you out of your solitary conceit.'” (God in the Dock)

Dr. Brand says “It seems safe to assume that God enjoys variety. …Whenever I travel overseas, I am struck anew by the world’s incredible diversity. …Indigenous churches are bursting out with their own spontaneous expressions of worship to God. …And I think He, understanding the cultural backgrounds and true intent of the worshipers, likes the variety He sees.”

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Psalm 95:6-7

 

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