ACTS OF WORSHIP GO BEYOND THE CORPORATE SETTING

Last night Jeff Dixon, Youth Pastor and Director of the NW AR School of Ministry at Word of Life (and our son, I proudly add) led the monthly Praise and Worship Experience at WLF. It was a powerful time of corporate ministry to The Lord. Toward the end, I sensed God saying, “I enjoy your time spent with Me in corporate worship–I really do! What I want even more is for everything you do individually to be done as an act of worship. When you drive, make it an act of worship. Your performance at your job should be an act of worship. How you treat your family should be an act of worship. My son’s whole life was an act of worship. Model His life and make your whole life become an act of worship.”

Now comes the challenge–living out the instruction. It means a total surrender of your will to God’s. I have a long way to go before I get there, but I’m working on it day by day. That’s because sanctification is a process, not an event. But I’m committed to do my best to make everything I do become an act of worship, that is, pleasing to God. I believe more than ever that I understand what Paul meant when he said, “I die daily.” It’s a day by day decision.

An old hymn’s first verse is, “Living for Jesus, a life that is true. Trying to please Him in all that we do.” Are you willing to die daily and make everything you do become an act of worship? That’s true Living For Jesus.

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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