True Worship Plain & Simple!!! (Part 5)
“And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.”
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 sixth & seventh elements of Worship.
In our text today we see that this woman spent time alone with Jesus while everyone else stood and watched. This woman took time to spend intimate time alone with Jesus! In our lives we need to spend time with Jesus and seek to please Him.
I find three times in scripture where Judas Iscariot shared an intimate moment with Jesus Christ but he was never truly alone with Jesus Christ.
1. In our text where he warned about the money
2. When he made eye contact with Jesus before he betrayed him and a devil entered into him
3. When he betrayed the Son of God with a kiss.
Why did I bring this up? Just because you have an intimate experience with God you can still be contemplating evil and betraying Jesus Christ. The real power came when the disciples spent intimate time with Jesus and spent time alone and apart with Jesus. Just about every person that worshiped Jesus, did it either alone or in small elements. Spending alone time with God is absolutely vital and an important if not the most important part of worship. The question is how much time do you spend alone with Jesus in intimate time? The ones that spent much time alone with Him had the power of God but the ones that didn’t spend alone time with Him had no power. By the way, how many times have you heard of Judas Iscariot healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out devils? None! If we spend most of our time worried about things that can’t help a sinner come to Christ then our existence will fade away in obscurity.
The disciples watched Jesus do many wondrous miracles but what they asked for more than anything else was to learn how to pray. They saw that when Jesus prayed big and powerful things happened immediately! Who wouldn’t want to have this power? Likewise, we need to spend time in prayer in order to have this power of God! All too often people see prayer as “last resort” option and need even consider praying unless all else failed and this is their Hail Mary (no pun intended). Most Americans only pray socially or collectively at church, the dinner table or when something dramatic occurs. They never consider making prayer a primary option.
Prayer and intimacy go hand in hand! All of the great men of God in ages past, all got away, alone and prayer to God. They made this time a time of personal intimacy with God. In so doing, they separated themselves from the others. This was true worship plain and simple! How about you? If your worship was to be evaluated to be a model or all to follow, how many people would you personally be responsible or leading to or away from God? Lord help us! True worship, in a nutshell involves: being alone with God, remaining clean before Him, honoring Him and serving Him with a pureed devoted heart. How does your worship measure up? In our next devotional series, we will take about welcoming those back whom have parted from the fellowship. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie!