Worship God. But do you and I really “worship”?
There are a lot of concepts about what “worship” is. Check out the newest sermon on “Worship” to see what the actual Hebrew and Greek words usually translated as “worship” in our English Bibles actually mean! You’re in for a surprise. In that sermon I also discuss what Yeshua said, that God seeks worshipers who will worship him in spirit and in truth.
But to go along with that sermon, here are some important additional points I wanted to say but ran out of time. I hope you’ll read this and then hear the full sermon.
--- Billions of people “worship”, but probably in vain. That’s not me saying that. Yeshua (Jesus) said that (Matthew 15:7-9). If any worships on “auto-pilot”, on rote saying of words and prayers, and bowing when they are supposed to, and singing when told to – but their hearts aren’t in it, then it’s all in vain. Our heavenly Father, the Supreme Being of the universe, wants our hearts more than anything as we worship before Him. He wants us very cognizant, aware, of whom it is we come before.
--- Some of the best worshipers of YHVH, the Living God, were formerly men and women of disrepute. The Almighty has to whittle us down to size before He can use us. John the Baptizer said “He must increase; I must decrease”. He got it! We can’t and won’t see our lowliness until we experience and “see” Yah’s majesty and greatness. Sometimes it takes someone to know how much he/she’s been forgiven before they “see God” and His Way clearly. If you know you’re a chief sinner, there’s probably more hope for you than 99 others who feel they need no forgiveness or repentance. (See Luke 15:7).
Moses was a felon on the run when after his meeting with Yah in the burning bush, became one of the spiritual giants of history. The great apostle Paul was a persecutor of Christians. He did all the rituals of worship perfectly, but until he had his one-on-one with Yeshua on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), he was worshiping in vain. Job clearly said that he knew about the Living God, but now that I see you – “I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6). After that, God healed him and blessed him tremendously. Peter, the great apostle, had been with Yeshua for a while but only when he grasped that Yeshua was someone beyond just a normal, regular human, did he deeply repent and realize in whose presence he was. Read the account in
---Having a true one-on-one encounter with Yeshua (Jesus), WILL lead us to genuinely change and become a new person, a “new creation”, by God’s Holy Spirit and by Yeshua’s righteousness in us. Worship without genuine change, without obedience to our Maker, is also worship that is in vain.
Read Isaiah chapter 1 where Yah makes that so clear. He doesn’t want us coming to worship Him while we continue a life of unrighteousness. Yes, this applies to us all, including me. Neither does He want us thinking that “going to church” once a week “to worship” makes what we do the other 6 days a week alright.
Matthew 7:21-23 –it’s not enough to cry out “Lord, Lord” and not be doing His will or obeying Him. He’ll say, “I never knew you, depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.”
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