Those who worship God must do so in Spirit and in Truth. What does this mean? When we worship Jesus, whether through singing, ministry, or doing good deeds, are we really doing what pleases God, or are we pleasing ourselves? What is the difference between “letting our light shine” and “sounding a trumpet before us”? How much do scriptures like those in Isaiah 1, “to what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me…” apply to today?
I want to try to answer these questions and others as coherently as I’m able, because as Christians, we want our worship to be pleasing to God, not something He is “weary to bear.”
The Acceptable Worship aricle series will include:
Worship in Spirit and Truth?: How often do we attempt to please God by doing what we think He wants, but in reality, we are ignoring the spirit of the matter and instead leaning on our own understanding?
Acceptable Sacrifices for Christians: Tithing at the church, giving to food banks, donating to charities – these things are all well and good, but are they the sacrifices God really wants?
Shinning a Light vs Sounding a Trumpet: Are we doing things to “glorify our Father in heaven,” or to glorify ourselves?
Ministry Worship vs Serving Our Own Bellies: For those who’s worship also includes ministry work, are we actually praising God or setting ourselves up to be praised by others? Are we making disciples for Christ, or are we making children of hell?
The Worship of Trust and Thanksgiving: It can be easy to fall into things like fear and sadness, but when we trust the Lord and give him thanks for all things, this is much more pleasing to him—more so than other things we think are acts of worship.