“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here I am.”
What is true worship? Is it singing songs and going to church every Sunday, or is there more? Jesus said, “A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24)
As Christians, we want to be the kind of worshipers the Father seeks, those who worship in spirit and in truth. But how do we do that? We can certainly worship the Lord on Sundays at church, but the God who saved us deserves much more than that! Just like the Israelites, who had special days of worship and fasting set aside each year, we have a special day for worship set aside in our week. We take that time to go to church, study God’s word together and worship Him with His people; but what about the rest of the week? How do we live our lives as soon as we leave church on Sunday?
What is True Worship?
Knowing that worshiping Christ means loving Him more than anything else, we must ask, “How do we show our love for Him?” 1 John 5:3 says, “This is love for God: to obey His commands.” We show our love for Christ by obeying His word. Just as God told the Israelites in Isaiah that He did not desire days of fasting, it is not a weekly day of worship He desires from us so much as our obedience every day. So, what are His commands?Jesus desires our daily obedience. That's the way we worship him. Click To Tweet
Matthew 22:36-40 tells us that when asked what was the greatest commandment, Jesus said, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Jesus taught that we are to love Him and to love others. As we show His love in our daily lives, we are worshiping Him because we are being obedient. Consider how you can show His love today.
Worship: Read Matthew 25:31-46. Discuss people in your lives who might be considered “the least of these.” How can you minister to them? How can you show your love for Christ by loving them? Pray. Ask God to open your eyes so that you can see the people around you in need and prepare your heart to meet their needs. Thank Him for the many blessings He has given you and ask Him for an opportunity to share those blessings with someone else today.
Family Focus: As a family, choose a project to help meet the needs of others. You might clean out the pantry together, taking items to the church’s food pantry. You may have a “spring cleaning day” in December and donate clothing and other items to the local Crisis Center. You might identify a family in need and take a meal to them; participate in the Angel Tree project or sponsor a child through Compassion International. The opportunities to help others are endless!
25 Daily Christmas Devotions
- Day 1- O, Come Let Us Adore Him
- Day Two: Hope for the Holidays
- Day Three: True Worship
- Day Four: Not a Myth, a Miracle!
- Day Five: Family Trees and the Father’s Faithfulness
- Day Six: Let there be light
- Day Seven: Now Near
- Day Eight: Willing on the way
- Day Nine: A Cup of Encouragement
- Day Ten: Call Me Blessed
- Day Eleven: No Fear, Just Faith
- Day 12: O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Day Thirteen: “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night”
- Day Fourteen: Mary, Did You Know?
- Day Fifteen: Worthy of Worship
- Day Sixteen: Where is your treasure?
- Day Seventeen: God With Us; He’s IN us!
- Day Eighteen: The Word became flesh
- Day Nineteen: His Greatest Gift to You
- Day 20: His Will through His Word
- Day 21: “He Himself is Our Peace”
- Day 22: Only One Way
- Day 23: “We’re a body…which part are you?”
- Day 24: Watching and Waiting
- Day 25: What do you expect?
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