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“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.
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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