Meaningless Worship

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 15:1-9

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day performed their tasks conscientiously for the most part. Still, Christ scorned them as hypocrites! They said the right things. “But,” Jesus complained, “their heart is far from me.” Their worship activity, as impressive as it might have seemed, had no meaning.

Juan Carlos Ortiz tells of a worshiper deeply moved by a soloist who had sung, “He lives! He lives! . . . He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.” Approaching the singer she asks, “What did He tell you?” The soloist is taken aback. And then she retorts, “Oh, that’s just a song. He doesn’t really talk to me.” “No wonder,” Ortiz points out, “we can’t convince unbelievers that Jesus is the Way if we sing a hymn just because it’s in the book!”

Are you ready for church today? Are you focused on the Almighty? Or are your selfish concerns getting in the way? It is the response of the heart that counts. The Lord says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.” “Blessed are the pure in heart,” He adds, “for they shall see God.”

Worshiping God is serious business. Should our Sabbaths begin prayerfully on Saturday night as they often did for our grandparents? What do you think? In any case, be ready to approach His throne today!

PRAYER

Dear God, “Open my heart, and let me prepare Your loving kindnesses to share. Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!” Amen.