Worship. John4:23-24. Striving for excellence and banishing mediocrity.
God is nowhere in the Bible pleased with mediocrity.
Malachi 1:6-14, are you giving God your very best? People of Malachi’s day offered to God what was of no value to themselves. Service did not emanate from the heart. Evidently, they thought their worship was “good enough.”
Do visitors see us worshiping Him in the best way possible? Do they see a spirit of reverence as we gather together in His presence?
Approaching the God of the universe is profound, awesome and magnificent. And, the challenge, responsibility and privilege of leading Gods people to His throne should be taken seriously.
Consider the impact of corporate worship in regard to my participation personally. The weekly coming together involves a union with other people, which is a wonderful thing. Poor attitudes must first be managed. Secondly, we should not want to hinder anyone’s approach to God. Bring zest and enthusiasm with you. Also, shouldn’t what we wear reflect how important we feel this assembly is? Is it our very best?
We shouldn’t focus too much on people. Our focus should be primarily vertical, not horizontal. All of this is decaying, as are we. We must look vertically to that which endures.
We are, today, contemplating greater realities, the living God, exalted king, life-enhancing message and thrilling hope.
Everything here is short-lived, inferior, ultimately very underwhelming and disappointing.
How does corporate worship affect other people? We need to consider the total effect of what we are doing on everyone who is present. We need to be asking ourselves why are we doing this? What is the purpose of saying this? Is there another way to disseminate information that is conveyed via announcement? Is that taking away from a focus on God?
1 Cor 14:23-25.
What is accomplished when we worship?
- Nurturing and pursuing divine connection
- Offering Essential, helpful heavenward pleas
- Exalting thoughts from the temporary to the enduring
- Assisting His people, compelling and encouraging one another
Gal 6:9, Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Are you giving God your very best?