Everything was pretty much back to normal, and that is a beautiful thing! The songs and hymns were God honoring, the gospel was proclaimed. There is nothing like the coming together of believers to worship the God we love and to proclaim our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins. I’m reminded of a verse I just read yesterday in 1 Peter 2:5 when Peter says we are living stones being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
That is why we come to church to offer up to God spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him and He reveals Himself to us that can happen only when we come together in the temple of God. David says in Psalm 5:7 But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. Giving God all the glory He deserves and all the praises go to Him and we exalt Christ, rejoicing that He has saved those who are His.
But it all starts before Sunday, we can’t just muster up some praise to God and then live anyway we want during the week, our lives must be a continued sacrifice to God which is acceptable to Him. Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. We can’t live two lives, one life at home conforming to this world and a different life at Church on Sunday morning. Paul says in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
One writer said “Fruitful and acceptable worship begins before it begins.” There is one key factor in coming to worship God on His day, when His people come together to honor and praise Him and that’s the state of the hearts of the believing saints and it begins before it begins! Our corporate worship is the by-product or results of our transforming lives that are worshiping God in all we do, say and live… It is unacceptable if our lives are conforming to this world living our way, then trying to flip a switch on Sunday mornings. It’s been said many times but it’s worth repeating many times, that corporate worship is a overflow of our private lives.
Here is something to think about today, you are only doing one of two things today, you are either conforming to this world where Satan is its king or you are being transformed by the renewing of your mind by the word of God and Christ our Savior…. So we present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God….
So worship begins before it begins!
so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria