Worship

I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.   A. W. Tozer

What is our attitude toward worship? I find it interesting that even those who followed Jesus the closest had their priorities out of line at times:

“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.” Matthew 26:6-13

When the disciples saw the woman worshipping Jesus, their self-righteous attitude was one of indignation, yet, what they considered “waste”, Jesus called “a good work”. This reminds me of the account in Luke 10:38-42

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” 

Martha’s focus was on work but Mary’s priority was worship. Yes, no doubt there was indeed work to be done, but at that moment, worship was the priority and Jesus confirmed that with His words to Martha, “Mary hath chosen that good part”.

Do we, as the disciples, consider worship a “waste”? As Christians, we are to labor for sure, but we must be careful that our labor is not at the expense of worshipping the One for Whom we labor.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Revelation 4:11

~ Rachel ~

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