Worshiping God in Truth and Spirit - Romans 14:17
Voice of Grace (Sunday Spiritual Menu Series)
Delivered by ASE Joseph Olorunnisola, July 16, 2006
Worshippers are those called out of the world’s system to practice a godly lifestyle.
“For the Kingdom of God is not of meat and drink; but righteousness and peace, and joy, in the Holy Ghost. For He that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace and things where with one may edify another”. Romans 14: 17-19
Have you actually paused for a minute to ask yourself the exact purpose of your going to the church? Probably, your answer would rightly be to worship and serve God. Yes, you are right. Again, have you taken the pain to examine whether your service is acceptable to God on any worship day? Consider the following against your worship profile.
Knowing the God you are serving: You need to know the personhood of God through His son Jesus Christ. Through a digestive reception of the scripture for the day and meditative mind on the spiritually inspired sermon for the Sabbath, you would begin to comprehend the true image of God. He invites you to discover who He is in each aspect of His character. Resting on what we already know has no place in a Christian life. David says in Psalm 119: 7-16, “I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgment. I will mediate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.” I agree that you listen, even very attentively, to the scripture and the sermon, but have you ever thereafter created time to process and mediate on what you have heard? Unfortunately, the word which is the height of any worship service is treated with disdain by a number of Christians, or, as a burdensome routine that must be hurriedly discharged and/or discounted with jest and laughter. In fact, some see it as the best time to take a nap. Much has been expended in terms of effort in coming to the church, but little or nothing has been taken home from God in terms of blessing by this set of people because if you must find God, you must seek Him with all your “ heart and strength” : Deut 12:10, and Psalms 119:2. A lethargic worshipper has nothing to gain from God.
Accepting His instruction: How many times have we heard Him speak to us through the Scripture and sermons? Has this Word effected any changes in our lives, in our behavior, and in our attitudes? If we truly listen, mediate, and embrace the word, ungodly attitudes and sinful habits that have taken glorious residence in us and making our prayers a detestable noise in His ear would start to give way to a submitted spirit that is ready to accept His instructions. Our deep understanding and total submission to His Word would provide us with heightened spiritual awareness to make wise decisions and remain in intimate communion with Christ. You must demonstrate your commitment to him by reflecting His influence in your decisions in workplace, neighborhood, friendships, and homes. Most of us listen to the Word but it has no reflection in our decayed lifestyles.
Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost: These are the evidence and fruits of a true worshipper in Christ. Paul apostle admonished in Heb 12:14 that believers must follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man would see God. The House of God is the meeting point with God, it is the ground, and pillar of the truth says 1 Tim 3:15. As you stand before the alter of God on each worship day, you must examine your heart – are you at peace with yourself and others; is your mind a fountain of joy, and love, and is your judgment on issues a righteous one or a political/social compromise?
Distributing to the needs of the needy: The foundation of the ministry of the apostles was anchored on even distribution of substance among apostles and followers. Act 4: 32 states that “the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul, none of them claimed any possession to be personal, but they had all things in common. Ananias and Sapphira, however, sold a possession (Act 5: 1-10) and held back part of the income. It was their personal possession, but because of their unfaithfulness to one of the most important spiritual goals of a church they were both struck dead by heavens. Apostle Paul admonishes in 2 Corin. 8: 11-15 that those in sufficiency should reach out to those who are lacking so that the entire body of Christ would have a rejoicing in the benevolence of Christ. Are you actually reaching out to the needy, or do your think that Christ will ever bless or prosper a stingy mind? God does not play favorites. You will harvest only whatever you sow. Giving out is a major fruit of the spirit for any true worshipper.
Seeking God for who He is: A number of Christians worship God only in anticipation of what they can receive from God. They seek His hand and not his face, for fruit of the womb, bread, riches, health, safety etc. These are not true worshippers. Christ says in John 6: 26: Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye seek me not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled. Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life which the son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed.” A number of Christians like men of Athens, of old, worship ignorantly, an unknown God, thinking that Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone graven by art and man’s device. Some bow down to pictures, tombs, and kiss graven images purported to be images of Christ or apostles or saints – a reflection of deep spiritual ignorance.
True worshippers would worship God for three primary reasons.
Check your worship profile and determine whether you are, indeed a true worshipper.
ASE Joseph Olorunnisola, Voice of Grace Parish, Ewing, New Jersey
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