Weekly "Call To Worship" Encouragement
I’ve been thinking about and meditating on this scripture this past week, and I want to share with you as we are called to worship.
Read: 2 Timothy 1
"6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day."
As we worship God this morning, focus on his grace, we are saved by grace: "9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace." Before the beginning of time God was planning to do this. Church, God’s love truly does endure forever. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. God has always desired to have a relationship with us.
Focus on God’s power. We are here to worship God, who has destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. There is no more powerful force in all of creation.
Focus on God’s love and what that means for us. The scripture says He saved us and called us to a holy life. A life set apart for God’s purposes is not a timid life, but a life of power, love, and self-discipline. A life that testifies about our Lord Jesus.
Let’s pray together.
Father, we bow before your throne, thanking you for your grace, thanking you for saving us, and thanking you for giving us purpose and meaning in our lives. Lord we praise you because you are victorious over death, you shine your light into our lives and you have given us eternal life. Father we confess that at times we are timid, we forget that you have empowered us by your spirit to love and self-discipline, please forgive us and help us to live the bold life you have in mind for us. Father all glory and power and honor is yours. We worship you now. In Jesus’ name, amen.