I went to a church recently and it just struck me how much we had made Christianity a ritual. We come to church, we sing, we dance, we give offering, we pray, communion, recital etc. Rituals are performed because you know if I do this, then this will happen. But we can’t bring that same attitude in Christianity. It’s all physical, hardly any spiritual engagement. God doesn’t look at the works of your hands, well He does! But more importantly, He’s concerned with the state of your heart. Psalm 24: 3 – 4 (KJV) says, ‘Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. God searches our hearts (1 Samuel 16: 7 (KJV) says, ‘…for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart). He knows those who are serving Him in spirit and in truth and He knows those who are serving Him just because of what He can give to them.
We say we are serving God, but we are looking for human appreciation. Wondering if the Pastor or the Church can’t see you working so hard. Then we will now say, ‘oh, my efforts were not appreciated in that church that’s why I left’. Get it straight, it’s not about you. It’s about your service to God. He said let your service be unto God and not unto men as men pleasers. We should serve to please our heavenly Father. Ephesians 6: 7 (KJV) says, ‘With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men’.
Many times, we are not even serving to please God. We’re serving for all the wrong reasons. We join the choir because we have a great voice that people need to appreciate. We become ushers because we want to show off our clothes or meet the finest brothers or sisters in the congregation. If you’re going to sacrifice all the time, energy and resources involved in serving, you might as well do it proper. In Malachi 1: 6 – 14, the Bible tells us the kind of service that is unacceptable to God. You can’t go to the office and put in 110%, then put in 40% when it comes to the things of God.
Not only serving, our worship should be pure. This can only happen if we have a knowledge of how great God is. We sing that God is great, but most of us have no inkling of how great He is. Job 36: 26 (NIV) says, ‘How great is God–beyond our understanding!’
Mediocre doesn’t get God’s attention.