TODAY’S MEDITATION – How do you worship the Lord? (Amos 5:21-23)

Many believers have become so familiar with Jesus that they sometimes behave as if He is their next-door friend. It is appalling to see how many believers dare go to church on Sundays to fellowship with others without any reverence to the Lord. Their whole attitude will tell you: they won’t bother arriving late and yet try to go and sit at the front row; there are those who go to church as visitors; those who go because it is the only day in the week they can see that sister or brother they want to take out for dinner; those who go only because they need to display their brand new clothes; those who go because they like to criticize and staying home won’t give them the opportunity to do so… Sorry, my brother, my sister, sometimes the truth has to come out. The Church is polluted with believers who behave worse than pagans. And what such people ignore is that such attitude also hampers the whole assembly’s worship! Today I want to recall you that we are the watchmen of the body of Christ and we should remind those who behave badly within our churches that God hates worship by people who go through the motions only for show. The Word of God says we are hypocrites if we are living sinful lives and using religious rituals or traditions to make ourselves look good. Besides, God will despise our worship and not accept what we offer (verse 22). He wants sincere hearts, not praise from hypocrites: “Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps” (verse 23). My friends, make sure that when you worship at church, your attitude towards the Lord is right… and if you know a brother or sister who is more concerned about their image, it is your duty to recall them (with love, not as a judgement) that the Lord says “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me” (verse 21), in order words, tell them worshiping without a fully committed heart is an abomination to the Lord. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.