This morning we continue our look at the foundation for worship – True worship comes from a heart that says,
“God, there is nothing I will hold back from you. You have full access to my life.”
What happens if you have invited someone to come over to your house and you do not have enough time to tidy up – you shove everything upstairs and hope they do not need to go up there. Sometimes we do this to Jesus and invite him into our lives but we have “no go areas”.
True worship involves sacrifice. It means we will give to God whatever he asks of us.
It is so easy to sing songs and go to a worship service. That requires nothing from us but an hour and a half of our morning.
No, the first time worship is used in the Bible, it is not used to describe an hour and a half long church service.
It is not used to describe somebody singing some songs.
Worship is used to describe the act of a man who would put God first before everything. Worship was used to describe a man who would hold nothing back from God. So maybe that is where true worship begins. Maybe anything short of that is just lip service. If God would give His Son Jesus for us, is there anything we should withhold from Him?
The Apostle Paul sums it up:
Romans 12 v 1 – 2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
What does costly worship look like for you?
What do you need to give up for the God who demands everything?