Tuesday, February 24, 2009
2.24.9 “What Worship Isn’t”
“What Worship Isn’t”
A great way to discover what God wants is to find out what he doesn’t want! In today’s reading in Mark, the Pharisees are questioning Jesus about why the disciples don’t fully follow their ceremonial washing traditions.
Jesus definitely has an opinion about this!
“You bunch of hypocrites! Isaiah the prophet described you very well when he said, ‘These people speak very prettily about the Lord but they have no love for him at all. Their worship is a farce, for they claim that God commands the people to obey their petty rules.’ How right Isaiah was! For you ignore God’s specific orders and substitute your own traditions. You are simply rejecting God’s laws and trampling them under your feet for the sake of tradition.
” (Mark 7:6-9)
We know from past studies that the Dynamic Lifestyle of Worship is a life of Obedience. It’s possible to know this and still not “get it”. Worshipful Obedience is not a matter of obeying “tradition”. It’s not a matter of going through the motions of a Christian life. It’s not a matter of trying to act in a way that doesn’t offend other people. It’s not trying to “look” holy.
The Obedience God desires is obedience that comes form knowing him. From spending time with him. Time in his word. Time in prayer and listening to his voice. When you know God and you know his heart, THEN there’s an obedience that’s pure. Righteous acts are the fruit of knowing him. There’s a sincere desire to be holy and to keep from sin because you know it displeases him.
God’s plan is not for a bunch of sour judgmental people to walk around pointing out the faults of others, and complaining about what’s wrong in the world. People who are very “traditional” in action, but cold of heart are too common, and that is not what God has in mind for his people.
We need to worship him in Spirit and in truth. We need to allow his Spirit to work freely in our lives to direct us in His way. We must love one another, get into the word, use our resources for his glory, and be a light to this dark world.
We must live the DREAM!
Through the Power of the Spirit,
Live the DREAM!
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