Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Questions from the Mirror

Christian, what altar is central when you go to church services?

Is it the altar of the Most High God, where the blood of Jesus blots out all record of your sins, where you can fall to your knees in gratitude and love for what He took upon Himself?

or is it your altar of "I can/will only worship to certain music"... "I will only accept a certain style of preaching"... etc.

Excepting teaching of false doctrine, your opinions regarding how church services go mean nothing. If you take the time to get to know God, any puny notions of "your needs" should burn away like leaves in an incinerator. Your only need is God and you can only reach the Father through the Son. The only thing going through your mind during church services should be, "I get to worship God and I desire to!" Any thought below this shows a lack of knowledge of God and what happened on that cross almost two-thousand years ago.

God save us from our puny view of You!

1 comment:

alH said...

But the hour is coming, and now is here, when the true worshipers will worship the
Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
(John 4:23-24)

In order for worship to be what God wants it to be, those who worship must be what God wants them to be.

We will confess that we are not as God desires us to be, but we are not thus excused from the commandment to worship, nor from its privilege, neither should we allow the lack of desire to do so.

We must exceed the admission of our unfitness in principle, going on to confess our individual sins to God, seeking and finding His forgiveness and our cleansing through the finished work of Christ Jesus our Lord. Only in recognizing our spiritual poverty
and His insurmountable ability and intention to bestow upon us every good gift will we approach the place where we will worship in spirit and in truth, attending to the satifaction and pleasure of God and Christ rather than of ourselves.

Worship, like love, is a verb as well as a noun. If we would see
worship as a noun (an objective), we must practice it as a verb (an
exercise). Let us recognize and confess to our shame that this
vocation, for such it is, lies beyond the reach of our natural capacities,and that we can only, ever, engage in it through active response to the enabling gift of God's grace.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)