Worship at the right place in the right way in Scripture Union Daily Guide Review
Saturday January 16, 2021
Text: Deuteronomy 12:1-19
Theme: The Right Place; The Right Way
Worship at the right place and in the right way (not haphazardly), is one goal we must pursue as believers. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. God is a God of principles and orderliness. So to worship Him rightly, it must be done in the right place, in the right way and at the right time according to his laid down pattern.
From verses1-4, When we have said yes to God through Christ, we must start by destroying all our physical and spiritual idols. All articles, objects, activities, affections, relationship, contrary to God and may not allow us to worship him rightly must be removed. Worship God and God alone. Verse 4 clearly says, you cannot worship the lord your God with such things. They are an abomination to him. Note, anything you give attention to more than God is an abomination to God. He is a jealous God.
Verses 5- 9 specifies the importance of Congregational worship. God wants his children to gather in a given place to worship him together as a family. In Hebrews we are admonished not to forsake the gathering together of ourselves. John 4:24 rightly says we are to worship God in spirit and in truth but this does not negate the congregational worship we have in churches. It simply denotes that our worship should be more of the spirit than the outward.
It is common to hear people say, “I am a believer but I don’t belong to any church”. God does not want us to be lone ranger believers. We must belong to a household of faith. The place where God has chosen for his people to gather is still the place to take our offerings, tithes and vows. It is the right place to have communion of the saint as we rejoice before God, share the word and break the bread of holy communion. We mustn’t be discouraged by all the ills in churches today, instead we seek to build up the body of Christ and proliferate Jesus everywhere. So when you go to church, know that you are doing the right thing. As you are there, do not be carried away by “shows”. Worship God in spirit and in truth.