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Worship | All Glory Be To Christ

Welcome to week 1 of the Create Truth Art challenge.  In these first few weeks of the challenge, we will be studying Worship and this week, in particular, the focus is on Christ, who is deserving of all the glory.

 

The devotion part of the Challenge for week one is below (the Truth Prompt), but you can find the entire lesson, including this devotion and the Creative Prompt, as well as all of the future weekly lessons in the Grace in Color Classroom.  It's FREE to sign up, and you'll get a reminder e-mail from me each week once you do.  So head on over so you don't miss a thing.

Create Truth Art Week 1: To God be the Glory

We were created for worship. We worship in all that we do, and my desire is to live a life of true God-focused, Christ-Centered, Spirit-empowered worship. Matt Mason wrote that “Worship is the response of the whole being—heart, soul, mind, strength—to beholding God’s glory.”. Worship is more than music or Sunday morning, even though these things are good. It is an everyday matter.

It is fitting, then, that this first month of the Create Truth Art challenge will center around worship. I want us to fill our hearts and minds with words of adoration and praise to Christ our King as we enter a new year.

He is the King of Creation, and He is the King of this year and month and day. Because of that, He is worthy of our worship.

This week, we will focus on the glory that belongs to Christ, because to truly live a worshipful life, we must understand the reason why we worship.

There is a relatively new song that was written by Dustin Kensrue and is sung by Kings Kaleidoscope to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. We've been singing it in our church lately, and the words are so very rich.  I think it's appropriate to use this as our first inspiration.

Take a listen

Written Lyrics to All Glory Be to Christ

Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive

To you who boast tomorrow's gain
Tell me what is your life
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

His will be done
His kingdom come
On earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread
Praise Him the Lord of love

Let living water satisfy
The thirsty without price
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

When on the day the great I Am
The faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain
Is making all things new

Behold our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light
And we shall ere his people be
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

Perspective

See, if we start this year with the correct perspective, we are more likely to grow and be satisfied. It's not about us. Our goals and our resolutions are all fine and dandy. And it's important to make plans in life. I am a big planner, and I update my goals regularly. But the most important thing we can do is live to glorify and worship Christ our King. If we recognize that we are but a mist that vanishes at dawn (James 4:14-15), it frees us to give ourselves away for the Gospel in this coming year.

Scripture Study

1. Read Psalm 115: 1-3

 I am so often a glory thief. I will pray this verse over and over as I strive to take the focus off of myself, the creation, and more fully onto Him, the Sovereign God who created me.

2. Now read Revelation 5. It's not long & it will encourage your soul.

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (v.13)

You see, we must truly realize that Christ deserves all the glory before we can live in a way that glorifies Him completely. We must know Him more each day, and allow ourselves to be in awe of His majesty.

Write the praise found in this chapter in a journal or notepad and let the reality of the worthiness of Christ fill you with a desire to worship Him.

Reflection

How are your plans for this upcoming year focused on worship?

Do you pray that each new endeavor brings glory to Christ?

Is Christ the center of your life, or is He your whole life? He doesn't want to be a part, even if it's the center part. He demands to be your everything.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

“All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing
All glory be to Christ!”

 

Reflect on the words of that song and check out the Week One challenge in the CTA Classroom.  The Creativity Challenge is not difficult at all, and I will give you all you need right in the classroom to complete it.  The act of creating something with the idea of worship in mind is beautiful.  Pray, sing, reflect and plan as you work on the challenge.  And let me see what you create.  More importantly, let me know what God is speaking to you as you create.

E-mail me at jen@graceincolor.com or through the contact form anytime.  I'll see you next week.

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