We expect loyalty and reliability from things and other people; isn't it reasonable then that God just might expect the same from us?
Do we offer God worship that is acceptable and pleasing or unacceptable worship? Worship of false gods, worship of God that is created to suit our desires, worship of God that is self-styled or worship of God that is done with a wrong attitude of the heart are all forms of UNACCEPTABLE WORSHIP. Why then do we continue to worship in this way? Is this Biblical worship?4
No matter how pure our motivation, how sincere we are in our attempt, God cannot and will not bless unacceptable worship. Instead we receive the same indictment the Israelite received from God in Isaiah 1,
“What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me? I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle; and I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats. When you come to appear before Me, who requires of you this trampling of My courts? Bring your worthless offerings no longer, incense is an abomination to Me. New moon and Sabbath the calling of assemblies – I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly. I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feast, they have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them. So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen.”True worship is based in redemption; God’s redemption of you. True Worship is not about you, it is about God. You have been created to worship Him, redeemed to worship Him, called to worship Him… will you surrender yourself to worship Him?
For the full message shared on 08-25-13 at First Church of God, Racine, WI; go to:
Lifestyle Worship Part 2