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Survey Results Pt. 2 “What Does Good Mean?”

Here is Part 2 of my informal survey, asking “what does good mean?”

Answer #3. Good means “pleasing.”

What Exactly Is Worship in the Bible?

Have you ever asked this? I want to share a helpful way of understanding what worship consists of.

We can worship God because he has spoken. That’s where worship in the Bible starts: God speaking. If he had not told us who he is and what pleases him, we would have no way to worship him. It is helpful to understand worship as a sequence: God’s revelation to us, and our response to him. In God’s revealed word he shows how he wants us to respond. He doesn’t leave us guessing how to worship him.

Why It’s Not “Better” To Give

I often hear the misquote: “It is better to give than to receive.”

Paul relays this maxim from Jesus in Acts 20:35.

The error? Jesus did not say “It is better…” Rather, he said, “It is more blessed…”

Self Interest in Psalm 23

My Self-Interest (in purple)

God’s Self-Interest (in red)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Rational Self-Interest and the Worship of God

I advocate an unusual approach to these topics based what I see as a foundational principle in Scripture: Holy Self-Interest.

The principle says:

“It is always in your rational self-interest to do the right thing.”

Rightly understood, self-interest and morality are inseparable. The right thing is the right thing because it leads to your own rational self-interest.