“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind and with all your Strength”– Mark 12:30
God is not interested in halfhearted commitment, Partial obedience, and the left over of our time and money.He desires your full devotion, not little bits of your life.
The best time, place and style for worship are external issues that are irrelevant Jesus replied the Samaritan woman. “Where you worship is not as important as why you worship and how much of yourself you offer to God when you worship”.
The Bible says, “Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him. –Heb 12:28.
The kind of worship that pleases God has four Characteristics:
- God is pleased when our worship is accurate- Worship must be based on the Truth of the Scripture, not our opinions about God. Jesus said “ true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth for they are the kind of worshipers the father seeks.”
- God is pleased when our worship is authentic- Worship is your spirit responding to God’s Spirit. Worship must be genuine and heart felt, loving the Lord from your heart and soul. When we worship, God looks beyond our words to see the attitude of our heart. God does not want showmanship, pretense or phoniness in worship.He wants your honest real love.
- God is pleased when our worship is Thoughtful- True worship is mindful of God. it must engage our mind. If worship is mindless, it is meaningless.God is not pleased with thoughtless singing of hymns, perfunctory praying of cliches, or careless exclamations of “praise the Lord”. Jesus called thoughtless worship “vain repetitions.
- God is pleased when our worship is practical- In worship we are to offer our body as a living sacrifice.God is pleased with different sacrifices of worship: thanksgiving, praise, humility, repentance, offering of money, prayer, serving others and sharing with those in need. David said ” I will not offer to the Lord my God sacrifices that cost me nothing.”
Real worship costs. It costs us our self-centeredness, we cannot exalt God and exalt ourselves at the same time.
The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.