by: Alex Payne (Dream Team: Worship)
April 29th, 2016 is a day that I will never forget as long as I live. It was the day that my granddad went to heaven. For most people this would be a very sad day, however for me it was a day of great celebration.
My granddad was a great example of how to believe in people. He was the person who helped me start a business, and when I figured out that it wasn’t for me he supported he in my transition to my current job. He told my mother when I was being a wild child that I would preach someday. The list could go on. He was also an alcoholic who drank from the time he woke up to the time he went to bed. I know this is an odd statement, but my granddad was the poster child of someone who was going to hell. That is until we found out that he was terminal. I had to have a very serious talk with him, and just flat out asked him “Granddad I need to know if you died today would to go to heaven?” He tiptoed around it for what seemed like an eternity and finally after I asked again. He answered, Yes I believe in Jesus and that He has forgiven me of all my sins. He died shortly after that on a Friday night.
Sunday came and it was time for church, and honestly I didn’t feel like doing church… I know I shouldn’t say that but I didn’t. However I was reading that night about Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22 when God had asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. In verse 5 Abraham says to the people traveling with him, “You stay here while the boy and I go to worship.” Abraham was dreading the climb that day, but he made a choice to worship. If Abraham can choose worship in the midst of one of the hardest things he had ever had to face, then so can I.
- Read Genesis 22:1-19 and get the whole story.
- Examine your own worship.
- Make a choice to worship with all that you have and all that you are every time you have the chance.
Father, help me today to choose to worship you through every situation that life throws at me.
In Jesus name, amen.