BEWARE OF VAIN WORSHIP
Our worship to God is not only sacred, it is also holy and requires a deep sense of commitment on the part of the believer. It should not be something a believer enters into lightly and the aim should always be to please God, and not man. Sadly, millions around the world meet weekly to offer up their worship to God and are doing so in vain. Why, because instead of following God’s instructions on how to worship him, many take the liberty to worship God the way they see fit. Matthew 15:7-9 reads, “You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said; this people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men”. Many are following the traditions and doctrines of man instead of studying the word of God to know if what they are practicing is acceptable to God.
There is a proper way to worship God. In Galatians 1:10 the question is asked, "For am I now seeking the approval of man? If I were still trying the please man, I would not be a servant of Christ”. Who are we seeking to please when we come to worship God, God or man? Before we answer the question keep this in mind; “And whatever you do in word or deed do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). This means by His authority. Why is this important? Because in order for our worship to be pleasing to God we must know what he requires. Worship to God is not for our entertainment; it is for honoring and glorifying God. Nowhere in the bible do we ever find worship to God designed to please the worshipper.
The bible gives instruction on things such as baptism, how we are to give, when to take communion and even the qualifications of elders and deacons. God has spoken on these things and more, so to disregard his authority for the sake of self-gratification or tradition is sinful. Furthermore, if we are willing participants, knowing that God’s law is being violated, we are complicit by association and disobey God. God has set the guidelines of what he wants for worship. Proverb 12:15 reads, "The way of the fool is right in his own eyes." God will not accept disobedient and foolish offerings many call worship. Matthew 7:22-23 reads, “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness”. This group knows God, calls him Lord and says they have done mighty works in his name. Yet God says, “depart from me, you workers of lawlessness”. Are we willing to take that chance on something so important?