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Don’t let your worship become meaningless

January 31, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

“The Lord says: ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” (Isaiah 29:13)

Two Sundays ago, I preached on John 2, where Jesus cleanses the temple by throwing out the moneychangers and those who were selling animals in the court of the Gentiles. I shared that one of the reasons Jesus was so upset was that the vendors and moneychangers were facilitating an empty, meaningless environment of worship by crowding out any opportunity for those who had come to the Temple to seek after God. One theme that repeats itself throughout the Old and New Testament is that God hates empty worship and meaningless devotion. As the above Isaiah verse puts it, God is much more interested in hearts that are engaged with Him than in “worshipers” who go through the motions, thinking that somehow that honors God.

Since many of us find ourselves time and time again back in the place where our worship has become empty and our devotion meaningless, I thought it would be good to think about what we might do to fight against that predicament. For example, what do you do if coming to church on Sundays has become stale and meaningless? Let me give ten ideas; if you have others, I encourage you to post a comment below.

  1. Prepare during the week for Sunday by asking God to help you connect with Him at a heart level.
  2. Come to church expecting to put one thing into practice that you learn in the sermon or in the worship time, and then do it.
  3. Come to church early and find a peaceful place to sit and prepare your heart. If you have kids, ask your spouse or a friend to have them for ten minutes before church so that you can prepare your heart.
  4. Have your Bible with you and read along with the sermon, reading the passages in their context and considering what they mean in your life.
  5. Bring a pen and take notes as things strike you as particularly important or meaningful to your life.
  6. Sit somewhere different – in the back by yourself, or in the front, closer to the music.
  7. Try a different posture: Sit down. Kneel. Raise your hands.
  8. Don’t sing, but instead listen closely to the lyrics and pray to God from your heart along with what is being expressed by the singers.
  9. Stay after worship and sit by yourself in the sanctuary, reflecting on the sermon and the music and responding to God.
  10. After the service has ended, have someone from the prayer team pray with you.

Don’t let your worship become empty, meaningless devotion. Fight to engage with God at a heart level, so that you might truly glorify God and enjoy Him.

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