They had done it exactly: Exodus 39.42-23

“The Israelites did all the work according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses. Moses inspected all the work – and they had done it just as the Lord had commanded – they had done it exactly – and Moses blessed them.”

Exodus 39.42-43

God gave Israel a pattern for worship. He did not allow them to approach him according to their own ideas. When they built the tabernacle and did the work as he directed, they were blessed.

God has a pattern for the church as well. What aspects of the church’s pattern bring a blessing?

#pattern #worship #VOTD

You have to want to worship God

The song leader can start the song but they cannot make you sing.

A prayer can be led but that does not mean you will be able to honestly say amen.

Money can be placed in the basket but that does not mean it will be done with cheerfulness.

The word of God may be opened but that does not mean the same can be said about your heart.

The Lord’s Supper can be eaten but no one can make you partake of communion with the Lord.

When we bring the wrong attitude to worship we turn our holy kiss into a holy dis that hinders the sensitivity of our soul, our relationship with God and the worship of the church as a whole.

Anybody can go to church, but you have to want to worship God.

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

#attitude, #god, #worship

They gave him gifts: Matthew 2.11 VOTD

“As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Matthew 2.11

The Magi carried precious gifts for the child Jesus on their long journey. They came to worship and gave the best offerings they could.

The King deserves the best of me, not only mine. When I give all of self, I’ll not withhold the best within my hand.

#worship #offering #VOTD

Racing through worship

One morning during worship, my five-year-old daughter passed the collection-basket, as it came and went, with a greater sense of urgency than usual. I told her to slow down.

She responded by informing me the ushers were in a race. Less than a minute later she told me which one won.

I responded by telling her what a lot of us adults need to hear – worship isn’t a race.

I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.” (Psalm 119:15 NKJV)

#kids, #parenting, #worship

I love Jesus

An area congregation publishes a monthly bulletin for the city’s saints, called “I Love Jesus.” I went to speak there last month by request. My designated topic was biblical authority and instrumental music in worship. I began the first of two lessons with the sentence, “I love Jesus.” And because I love Jesus, I love the truth of Jesus, since he is “the way, the truth, and the life” Jn 14.6. Probably, not a few listeners caught my reference to the title of their bulletin. This year is, for me, the Year of Love. It might seem strange to some to talk about such topics as authority and instruments from a framework of love. But isn’t that the best (and maybe only) framework in which to treat them? And every other spiritual subject as well?

#love #worship #truth

What good is it?

What good is it to call oneself a Christian and yet find reasons to not attend the service of the Lord’s church wherein saints gather together to worship the Lord? The many who identify themselves as Christians and fail in this area are Christian in name only, not in heart. They think they will be received by the Lord because of some semblance of attendance and some semblance of “the Lord knows my heart.” Surely, they think, “I am in better position than you might think I am.” Really?

Compare what you think with what the Lord said (as in the Charles B. Williams translation).

“Let us continue so to consider one another as to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. Let us stop neglecting our meeting together, as some do, but let us continue to encourage one another, and all the more because you see that the great day is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Those who love the Lord consider one another in their attendance, desiring to stimulate others toward faithful service and good works, glorifying the Lord. Those who love the Lord do not neglect their attendance.

The word “neglect” is an interesting word. The dictionary defines it to mean to give little attention to, to give little respect, to leave undone or unattended. Those who fail to regularly attend the services of the Lord’s church are guilty of exactly this, the words of denial not withstanding!

What good is it to be called a Christian and fail to meet with the saints because the kids have activities “to which I have to get them!”? What good is it?

It is only good in one’s mind, but not certainly the Lord’s mind. Those who love the Lord memorialize Him in the life lived. RT

#attendance, #priorities, #worship


5-8-2017 Useless “Religion”

“Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ‘Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you’” (Acts 17:22-23 NKJV). “Religion” literally means “fearing some deity,” in this case, idols. Some people are “very religious” about the “gods” of: power, sex, money, sports, themselves, or things. “Worship without knowing” the God of Heaven and Earth and the Bible is vain. “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless” (James 1:26 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#religion, #worship