Is your worship really for me?
Pastor Mark Jeske
When I gave my wife jumper cables as a Christmas gift one year, she didn’t look particularly touched. Truth be told, those cables were more for me—to give me peace of mind. She had no interest in learning how to use them. And when she “gave” me a new grill for Father’s Day one year, she would cheerfully admit that she wanted a new grill.
If we are 100 percent honest with ourselves (and with God), our religious practices and observances might sometimes be more self-serving than God-worshiping. The prophet Zechariah spoke God’s words of warning: “Then the word of the Lord Almighty came to me: ‘Ask all the people of the land and the priests, “When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted? And when you were eating and drinking, were you not feasting for yourselves?”’” (Zechariah 7:4-6).
When you go to church only to hang out with friends or just to hear music you like or out of boredom or habit or to get attention or power for yourself, the worship value shrivels up. The motions and the actions and the rituals have no value in and of themselves. Here’s what matters: Did the Word hit your heart? Did the Word change your heart? Did the Word change your life?
Were you seeking to please and honor your Savior by what you said and did?
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