On the Proper and Improper Worship of God

GOD IS PLEASED WITH OUR HUMBLE WORSHIP, BUT WORSHIP IS A GIFT TO GOD AND THEREFORE SHOULD BE THE BEST WE CAN OFFER.

1. GOD IS PLEASED WITH OUR MOST HUMBLE WORSHIP AND OFFERINGS.
Luke 18:13-14— But the tax collector stood at a distance. He wouldn’t even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner. l tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Mark 12:42-43–But a poor widow came and put in two very copper coins, worth only a friction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him,Jesus said, ” l tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all others.

2. YET GOD IS NOT PLEASED WITH IMPROPER WORSHIP.
WORSHIP is improper when it is just EMPTY WORDS. Matthew 15:8-9– These people honer me with their lips, but their hearts are from me. They worship me uselessly; their teachings are but rules taught by men.
Worship is improper when it is directed to FALSE GOD — Deuteronomy 12:31. You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.
Worship is improper when it contains a FALSE MESSAGE– Colossians 2:23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self- imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they luck any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
Worship is improper when the worshiper is LEADING AN UNGODLY¬†LIFE— Amos 5:21-24- l hate, l despise your religious feasts; l cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings…, l will not accept them….. But let Justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream!
3 THEREFORE WE SHOULD WORSHIP CAREFULLY: SO that we worship the true God only. So that everything said and done conveys a biblical message, so that our worship is not disrespectful or just empty words, and so that our lives reflect our love and praise God.

4. GOD ASKS US TO GIVE OUR BEST GIFTS TO HIM AS A SIGN OF OUR LOVE. THEREFORE,OUR WORSHIP SHOULD BE GIVING GOD OUR BEST IN PREPARATION, MUSIC, SERMONS, PRAYERS, OFFERINGS AND ATTENTION. Malachi 1:8 When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your chief or MP! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” Says the Lord Almighty.

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