>> READ. Take your time, and read the passage below from Colossians 3. Let the Spirit of God speak to you through this passage.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:12-17 NIV
>> NOTIFICATIONS. There are a couple aspects to worship I want to point out; intentional acts and moments in time that are set apart, and our lives as worship as we bring glory to God the Father through all that we say, all that we do. There’s this sort of cycle that has been happening since creation as God reveals himself and his creation responds to that revelation.
I would guess that you’re reading this on some device that can and probably does send you notifications. If it’s your phone, then you get notifications for phone calls, text messages, and quite possibly for calendar items, social media updates, and who knows what else! Some notifications are ignored. Some are responded to. Maybe an unkonwn and non-local number is calling: Ignored. A dear friend or loved one calls or texts: Of course you answer or respond to the text promptly, right?! The point is this: We live in a time and place where we are bombarded by notifications, and those notifications can also be a distraction from important notifications, revelation, from our Heavenly Father.
Question: How are you… or, ARE YOU… paying attention to these important notifications?
>> PAUSE. Go back to the beginning and re-read Colossians 3:12-17. If you don’t make it to the end, that’s ok. Give yourself some grace to pause, listen, and pay attention to the important notifications from God. If something sticks out, is highlighted to you, stop right there, and reflect on that verse, thought, word, whatever it is. If you have a journal or scratch paper, write or draw whatever it is that is sticking out. Maybe nothing sticks out. Take your time as you read the passage, and take a few minutes to be quiet before the Lord. If he has a “notification” for you, trust that he will make it clear to you. It’s not bad if nothing sticks out or you feel like He hasn’t revealed something specific to you. It’s good to simply rest in His presence.
Breathe, and simply be.