Christians seemingly spend their lives obsessing over worship.
Think of all the questions we ask: “Who’s preaching?” “How long will it last?” “What’s the music like?” The questions go on and on.
While we are asking these questions, there are real questions to be asked about worship. Looking at the the message of the prophet Malachi, you can find at least four questions which should be asked by followers of Christ.
First, am I bringing authentic, Godly worship to my Lord? Worship is not for us; it is for God. He is worthy. He should be worshiped with genuineness and devotion. We should never make worship about asking questions which are important for us but which are meaningless to God.
God wants genuineness in our worship. He wants what truly belongs to Him–our praise and our devotion. Malachi condemned the worshipers in Jerusalem who were going through the motions and giving less than their best to God.
Second, will God receive my offerings and my worship? To us, it seems incomprehensible that God wouldn’t accept our offerings or our praise. In the Book of Malachi, this possibility is mentioned again and again. When we have an “offertory” prayer, one of the aspects of our prayer should be to ask God to accept our offering.
Third, are our leaders offering holy lives to God? I know we are all the same before God, but I also know God expects those whom He has set apart to live lives of integrity and lead worship with authenticity.
Finally, we should ask God if He wants to change anything in our lives. John Olen Strange famously said, “The greatest sin is to leave the house of worship unchanged.”
God forbid that we should worship without looking deeply at who we are in relation to who He is.
Ask these kinds of questions and answer them sincerely and you will “enjoy’ greater worship experiences.
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