True Worship Plain & Simple!!! (Part 4)
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
“With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:”
After we have discovered what the first few elements of worship mean to us. They are:
These will be the subjects today. Join us as we speak about the fourth & fifth elements of Worship.
Service to God is what many Christians seek to do but very few of them actually really understand that service is an active part of worship. How?
Putting Feet To Your Faith – When you say hat you believe that God will bless your offering or giving but never give a dime, you are spiritual paraplegic. In other words your walk is not matching your talk! People will Amen the preacher but never apply what they have learned.
Serving God means that you care enough to share with other what you have learned from someone else. However, service is ONLY a part of worship if the person serving knows that person to whom they are serving. Do you serve God because you know it’s the right thing to do or you do it because you love Him and you want to please Him?
I have learned in my own personal life that service to God will not be truly fulfilling when we aren’t living in a way that is pleasing to Him. For instance, I have a friend that works in a lab that holds that worlds worst pathogens and disease known to man. This person told me that when they started at this job, they were afraid to serve in the capacity for which they were hired. They said that there was a huge fear to work because they felt as if they would not be worthy enough. They were mentored and eventually, they learned how to stay clean even in that potentially hazardous environment. As a Christian, we need to learn how to stay clean in a hazardous and potentially volatile world. How can we do this? Holiness!
Praising God and praying to Him are great parts of worship but if we have dirty lives when we worship God, will He except it? It’s kinda like this:
A man and a woman were married in June 2016 and they went to South America for their honeymoon! Not too long into their honeymoon, the man and wife fell into a muddy pit while they were going to church in their Sunday best. Not having the time to go back to the hotel room to change, they proceeded to church anyways. They had a strong desire to serve and worship God but all the onlookers could see was their dirty ad muddy exterior. They even tracked mud and dirtiness into the holy temple where they went to worship.
All too often we desire to serve God out of pure and Godly motives but because our Christian journey leads us to places where we sometimes stumble and fall into places that make us dirty, we aren’t clean. Holiness is simply an attempt to live in a manner that is pleasing to God and parted from the world. This couple wanted to please God but all they received was an uninterested look because of their appearance. When we live how we want, the try to serve God with dirt on us we will make God look away from us.
You will not feel comfortable serving God when we don’t feel clean enough to serve Him. If we aren’t clean, we will not want to even come near God nor His people. Holiness is nothing more than staying clean before God. If we notice a small speck of the world’s dirt, we need to wash it away with the precious blood of Christ and then stay away from that place that got us dirty! All too often we are so focused on our desires that we don’t even realize that we got dirty. We don’t even realize it until someone else posts it out to us. Then we make a mad rush to clean it but why should we have to be told that we are dirty? If we are being holy, we should realize this as soon as it occurs. In tomorrow’s devotional, we will see the last two elements of worship. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.