Following Ms. Belinda and the kitchen staff’s incredible lasagna and breadstick dinner, MSC photographer Mark Newton directed us in a study of how God fits our worship. When we think of our worship, Mark pointed out how we have two basic beliefs: 1) God is our Creator, and 2) Jesus died for our salvation. As we read from the books of Job and Genesis, man worshipped God from the earliest days: “…then began men to call upon the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26b). To please God and be a “true worshipper,” we must worship the Lord “in spirit and in truth” — “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23,24).
Knowing that not all are “true worshippers,” this implies that there are FALSE worshippers as well. False worship is when we reject God’s plan for us. If we lack “spirit” or “truth,” we fail the test–this is false worship. Practicing “teachings and commandments of men” is called “will worship” in Colossians 2:20-23. We must be careful because people can certainly be sincere in their worship, but they can be sincerely wrong. “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity” — Matthew 7:21-23.
True worship should be natural for each of us. We worship God because: 1) He created us, and 2) He blesses us. We read in Matthew 7:9-11 that even worldly fathers love and care for their children–how much more does God love us? “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” (Hebrews 12:9). We pay respect to our earthly fathers–how much more we must reverence our Heavenly Father.
God designed true worship to bless us as we praise Him. As we worship Him, we gain a new family of other believers. Hebrews 10:24,25 tells us: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” In Ephesians 5:19,20 we see that it is an encouragement to each other when we sing praises to the Lord, and in John 13:35, we learn that Jesus wants us to love each other. Many of us have even been blessed with a spouse because they worshipped God.
In conclusion, we must worship God because He is our Creator and He loves us. He designed worship to bless us as we worship Him. God truly does fit our worship.
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