The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Proper Worship

"God is spirit, and His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).

It is natural for people to revere that which they hold most valuable. When something becomes the most valuable thing in one's life, it will evolve into an object of worship. Augustine (354-430) wrote this; "Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you." Augustine "got it." During the Patriarchal and Mosaic ages, the Old Testament puts an emphasis on altars, offerings and sacrifices as attempts to worship God. Abraham actually built an altar at each place where he moved so that he could show respect and honor to God.

God seeks and desires our worship today, just as He did in the past ages. We are able to satisfy His desire by our praise and adoration. Humans have always attempted to worship men and things, and these attempts have always proved futile. The Old Testament gives account after account that show the folly of worshipping things and nature. With these are often reminders that only He is to be worshipped. In the fourteenth chapter of the Book of Acts, Paul and Barnabas felt the discomfort of improper worship. After healing a crippled man, the people called them Zeus and Hermes. They rebuked the crowd by saying; "Why are you doing this? We are only men, humans like you" (V 15). Men are not to be worshipped. Paul was greatly distressed in Athens when he saw that the city was full of idols. They were so smitten with them that they even had one dedicated to "an unknown God" (Acts 17:23). This gave him an opportunity to talk to them about God. Things, people, nature, or ideals are never proper objects of worship. Near the end of the Book of Revelation, John was so taken with the angel that delivered the message to him, that "he fell down to worship at his feet" (22: 9). He was rebuked for it. Our worship is reserved for only our God and nothing else....

Have a wonderful day... Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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