As God-Centered leaders, we spend a majority of the time casting and recasting a broad vision of God’s worth. Since we assume that the Great Commission, Great Commandment, Church Confessions and teachings are our “true north”, as some would say; then our core activities are about glorifying God, going to make disciples, loving others and enjoying God forever. If you’ve been in the faith for any amount of time, you have a pretty good understanding that this is the “prime directive.”
Let me propose an exercise to you, leader and glorifier.
Enhance your focus on His worth, by carefully sifting through things in your life that might attempt to decrease his value. In other words, lets take some thoughts captive for a moment and see whether or not they are stealing your worship.
The simple process begins by creating a quiet mental space for honest evaluation. I try to image a clear table or platform. I then place things on that platform that have the chance of bringing me the most happiness. In my goofy exercise, I’ve even included a bright light like TV cops use when interrogating a suspect. Hey, it works for me.
The items I bring "to the table" range from things like a great backyard and a pristine garage to being a perfect parent and leader. Investment accounts, retirement, taxes, waistline, social calendar, alone time, and creative endeavor all are placed on that table one by one. It’s like a weird parade of things that have the potential of stealing my worship.
Proverbs 13:3 warns us about opening our mouths to everything that might tickle our fancy or satisfy us by proxy. Substitutionary worship leads to ruin.
This slow yet simple process is really coming at God-centered worship in reverse. Think about what you are extoling, magnifying, and glorifying. Sift through your desires and determine what affection you might recapture and redirect to the One who satisfies us most!