05 Feb Purging Corrupted Worship
Purging Corrupted Worship
Worship is a big part of the Christian life. If we succeed in worship, we will find strength and wisdom for our daily living. However, if we fail in worship, we will be powerless and become food for the world, the devil and our flesh. That is why the God who loves us is most concerned about us worshipping the only true God with the right heart. Jesus is eager to purge anything that hinders our true worship of God, and we should be thankful whenever He cleanses us in His holy anger, for only when we restore the right relationship with God, will we see hope in other life issues and will we be able to live out the full potential (purpose) God has given us.
Purging Corrupted Worship:
Verses to read:
1. The temple of God dishonored
1) What should be the right function of the temple?
** Relationship between men and God.
- The temple should be where:
- Prayers are made and heard.
- Sins are confessed and forgiven.
- God is worshipped: See His glory, fear Him, praise Him.
- Believers hear His will and receive strength to live out:
-“proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” <1 Pe 2:9>
-“go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” <Mt 28:19-20>
-“encourage one another and build each other up” <1 Th 5:11>
2) But what’s wrong with the temple now?
It has been desecrated.
-> By corrupted worship!
- E.g.: Some pple think that “godliness is a means to financial gain.” <1 Ti 6:5>
- Replacing true worship with something else:
- E.g.: Legalism; mysticism.
- Result: No strength, no joy.
***The decline of the temple is due to the fall of religious leaders.
2. Thus Jesus came to purify God’s temple.
1) Jesus saw through human problems.
- Concealed irreverence under the cover of religiosity.
- Believers are distracted and lukewarm.
- Paradox: They cherish worldly things, yet they are oppressed by the world.
- Jesus had seen many needs, but He never deviated from His core mission.
- Jesus knows that man needs money, friends, health, good ruler, etc, but most of all, man needs God!
2) Jesus warns of judgment and invites repentance.
- Are we are in True or Corrupted worship?
- Holy wrath:
– Is reasonable.
– Is real.
– Is to be feared (i.e. it should awaken us).
– Is appeased by the sacrifice of Christ.
- True worship is not without exalting Jesus. For He is the One “greater than the temple” (Mt 12:6).
3) Jesus demonstrated the benefit true worship brings – healing.
3. The condition of our temple (our spirit) is the most important.
- God’s temple honored → Our spirits blessed → Our thoughts, words, living, relationships etc blessed
- What are certain things that hinder true worship?
- How much you cherish worship determines how much strength you have post-worship.
- Not so much about “right actions”, but more important is whether we see the glory and value of God.
- What is the state of my worship now? What hinders my worship most? How can I invite Jesus to purge it?
- What is my attitude toward God’s holy anger? Indifferent? Tendency to dilute it in light of His love and grace? Fear God to the point of being watchful? Over-afraid to the point of relationship breakdown with God?