Every weekend thousands of Christians around the world attend church. They think that they’re worshipping God. Unfortunately, in many cases, they’re doing just the opposite and God isn’t pleased with them. Learn from their mistakes and offer true worship to the Lord.
I invite you to read the Gospel of Mark, chapter 7, verses 1 through 20, which is the basis for this post. Here are the four worship mistakes commonly made by modern Christians.
Making sure the outside is cleaned up, and not the inside (Verse 14-15). Most people get all washed and looking their best for a church service. That’s just normal. You want to look nice when you’re around others.
It’s far easier to hide the dirt that can accumulate on the inside. As we live in and interact with the world, we can pick up thoughts and attitudes without ever knowing it. Over the course of time, they can lead us off track in our Christian walk.
We need to continue in the repentance and forgiveness that only comes from time spent in the presence of Christ. That’s where our true beauty should come from – a life that’s kept clean before God.
Saying all the right words, but not living them (Verse 6). You may not want to hear this, but in every service, churches are attended by many liars. How can I say that? Think about the songs we sing.
“Lord, you are more precious than silver…Nothing I desire compares with you.”
Then, during the rest of the service, we’re thinking about what’s for dinner. We sing passionately about how we would do anything for God or how deeply we want to know Him. Yet, once we leave the church, we don’t think twice about it until next week.
In many cases we act like the fact that we’re singing the words, automatically makes it true. To live a life of worship, our lives need to line up with our “Sunday personas”.
Preferring to follow a set of rules rather than cultivating a relationship with God (Verse 7-8). Sometimes we get the idea that just because we don’t murder, cheat, steal, or do drugs, then we’re okay. We read the Bible and pray for our needs every day because that’s what a Christian is supposed to do.
What about simply spending time in God’s presence because He’s God? The Father wants us to get to know Him personally. He wants to speak to our hearts and enjoy our fellowship.
Being a Christian isn’t just a choice to do good things. It’s a living relationship with a holy God. Worship is not a chore to complete. We are to become worshippers.
Giving money in the offering rather than giving yourself to the Lord. This is one of the biggest mistakes that we can make. Thinking that we own everything except what we willingly give to God.
God is the Creator of Heaven and earth. It’s all His. It’s my responsibility to acknowledge that fact. I am His. My greatest act of worship is to willingly give myself to Him. Only Christ is worthy to receive an offering like that.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
Don’t waste your life being a superficial believer. Enter into a lifestyle of worship. True worship is not a matter of what you do on Sundays, but who you are all week long.
Questions: What’s your definition of worship? What worship issues have you had to deal with in your walk with God?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi