Define Our Faith

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Define Our Faith

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and
established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6)
What is the first thought that comes to our mind every morning we wake up? Is it the list of
things on our google calendar or is it the desire to glorify God through everything we do? There
is one overarching theme of the Bible, extending from the old testament till today: that is to
worship our Lord. We are called to worship and praise in every circumstance and in every form.
Let no human judgement constrain our praise to God. Let no business distracts us from
spending time with our Heavenly Father. As a Christian, we are defined by our heart of worship.
Becoming closer to Christ should be the only desire. Our faith is weak and surfaced level if we
rely on our own strength to praise Him. However, our faith is strong and real if we look upon
Jesus, for in Him we can have the most authentic worship- a worship that is free and
everlasting.
Speaking of worship, our primary concern should be who we worship? As old Christians, we
may easily give the answer— the trinity: the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Yes, we know this
answer by heart is one thing, but we actually practice so is another. While we have always
known that we come to church to listen to the word of God and to worship our only creator, we
are easily distracted by the “people” we see. Oftentimes, our heart may be worshiping the
church rather than God. We may idolize our spiritual leaders rather than Jesus. This is not only
against the truth but will put our faith in peril. We should pledge allegiance to Christ not to
church, nor to our pastor, nor to the “people” whom God has put in our lives to help us grow in
our Christian walk. Surely God establishes churches to allow us to worship, listen to His word
and to fellowship, but we should focus our gaze upon Jesus, whom we ultimately worship. We
do not worship our pastor. We do not worship our small group leader. Instead, we learn from
them. With this realization, while we may see the flaws of human institution in every church
and fellowship, we can meet God and grow in the truth when God is there. Who defines our
faith? It is not by the church that we attend. It is not by the Christian friends we hang out with.
These relationships can certainly help us be closer to God, but the ultimate definition of our
faith hinges upon Christ.
What kind of worship pleases God? It is the full-hearted one, the one we give as a child of God.
As a child, we do not hide anything from our Heavenly Father. We open ourselves to the Lord.
Although this society has trained us to put on fake smiles on days when we are unable to do so,
our Heavenly Father who knows our difficulties and whatever we are going through tell us to
come to Him as we are. Just as I am I come before God. No matter how broken we are, no
matter how weak we are, our loving Father stands before us with an open arm ready to
embrace us anytime we run toward Him. Be honest with God. He sees through us, so there is
no point to pretend. In different seasons, we may use different ways to worship Him.
Sometimes we may sing songs of victory for God has accomplished great thigs for us.
Sometimes we might come before Him with a heart of dejection, and our tears can be a way of
expressing our reliance on Him. Even so, God loves our worship.

What defines our faith? It is not by the church we attend. It is not by the preacher we
listen to. It is not by the way we practice “Christianity,” for our faith should not be reduced to
mere ritual or routine. Our faith is defined by Christ alone. It is strengthened by our love for
Christ and our honest worship to our heavenly Father. Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus
the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you
were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

2018.06.10 sermon reflection