Sunday, August 28, 2016
A MATTER OF FAITH: WORSHIP
Why do people go to church these days? To hear the rest of a message that is being continued from Sunday to Sunday. To see someone they only get to see on Sunday. To make sure they are able to give their tithes and offerings. Because they do not want to “forsake the assembling of themselves” (Hebrews 10:25). Many were taught church attendance was a requirement for all Christians.
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker,” Psalm 95:6
We come together in honor of and to recognize our Lord and our Maker. What is required is an open heart able to receive. What is not necessary is fancy clothes, fancy cars, big screen televisions, electronic Bibles and changing stage backgrounds. (Once upon a time the pulpit was a pulpit and then it became more and more extreme then it became a stage.)
Remember that song from back in the day- Just As I am? When did things get complicated? When was it determined a person had to first decide if he was Methodist, Baptist, Episcopalian or non-denominational? When did dress codes become a matter of church doctrine and water baptism become a ideology?
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-3
We have exchanged a relationship with our Lord for the religion of the people.
“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son and the one whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Matthew 11:27
Todays churches have it backwards, they have divided themselves according to ideology. Far to many leaders have manipulated God’s word to accommodate their lifestyle.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Ephesians 4:11-13
The Hebrews went into the wilderness so that they could serve God through worship. They did not go into the wilderness to feed the homeless, bless the pastor with a special offering, hear the latest new thing from the Torah, or any other church related activity.
Not many people worship God when they are bound by a problem. Today, when people loose their job they turn to the government when they get sick they turn to their doctor and somewhere in the middle they ask someone to pray for them.
The Bible tells us to seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). In the book of Exodus God wanted the children to get away from their burdens, strongholds and focus solely on Him. We, as Believers, need to separate ourselves from the world and acknowledge God.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6
And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph
*All Scripture quoted is from the New King James Bible translation unless otherwise stated.