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Bag of chips=$2, pizza from Subway=$6, new glasses=$150, relationship with God=PRICELESS. In the consumer world we live in, there seems to be a price tag on everything from cars to hair brushes. All in the world around us worth is displayed and value praised. Quite obviously, this elicits a response that makes us want to take care of and appreciate the things we pay more money for. One can deem that rather normal, a seeming innate feeling to relish in the things that mean something to us and that we hold dear. In the upcoming Christmas season, I invite you to challenge yourself with the question “What do I value?” “Worship” is to attribute worth to an object.  Worship is the “worth-ship” of the one you worship.

When we hear the word worship us “churchgoers” may often think of music maybe even dance; there is an image that has been created that allows us to see worship only at the beginning of the service with a singer and several musicians that entertain for a moving 15 minutes –and then is stops. My friends, in reality while such singing and ministry is an honor to God, worship is not a on and off light switch there is no remote that details “worship on” and “worship off.” Worship is a lifestyle, and way of living in which we choose to honor God in everything we do. When we worship something we express the value we owe to it, we deem it valuable. It does not have a specific setting, a predestined order or style, a preferred strum pattern; but it requires one thing –that we recognize the value of Christ our Lord!

For God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), the significance of God’s spirit is so applicable to our lives we must value him as Lord of the universe yet friend of sinners. We must value him as God of the heavens, yet he who healed the lame and blind. We must acknowledge God as the one true way to eternal life yet a shelter and friend in the time of storm. The barcode of Jesus, the worth of our savior brings a paralyzing halt to anything else with a mere dollar sign attraction. This year, as the nostalgia of Christmas music, barcode scanners, and buzzed excitement fills our ears we must be careful to ensure it, in all its glory, does not stifle the true presence of God, the magnificence of his spirit, the excellent example of holiness.

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (John 4:23)

The true test of evaluation is not one that only remains for this holiday season but it should ring out in our actions. Are we valuing and washing our cars more than we pray? Are we esteeming worry over the vastness of God? Are we allowing our friendships to overtake our time with the heavenly Father? Will we let Christ be devalued in our life or will He remain the priceless one, so far beyond precious, so delicate and loving, such a necessity for joy? When Christ seeks for the true worshipers, will he find you?

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Hannah Sheppard is a first year at Xavier and very excited to be involved. She takes her faith very serious, and is a firm believer in LIVING THE FAITH OUT LOUD.  If she has the chance she wants to base jump, sky dive, and bungee jump.