DayBreaks for 2/28/14 – Recharging
What is the purpose of worship? Consider this intriguing story:
“An Italian newspaper recently carried a story about a young couple in Milan who seemed particularly devoted in their worship. The priest at a cathedral there reported that the pair spent an hour or more on a regular basis sitting before a statue of the Virgin Mary. Naturally, he assumed they were praying.
“Turns out, this young couple was recharging their cell phone. They had noticed a stray electric cable sticking out of the wall behind the statue of the Virgin Mary. Whenever their phone’s power supply dwindled, the young couple came to the church and re-charged it from the cable behind the Virgin Mary. The priest states that the young couple is welcome to use his church for this purpose.
“We talk about coming to church to “re-charge our batteries,” but this is ridiculous. What looked to the unobservant eye like an act of piety was actually a self-serving ploy to save money. This young couple was using the church for their own needs. And we’re shocked, shocked, I tell you–until we realize that we may be guilty of the same mistake.” – King Duncan
The story is humorous, isn’t it? But the concept of church as a place to go to “get” something is not. What is the purpose of going to church? Well, we are to encourage one another, exhort one another with the singing of songs and sharing of Scripture, so in a way, that could be called “re-charging”. But worship isn’t about us. It is about the One who is deserving of worship. I wonder what the percentage of American Christians is that goes to worship on Sunday to receive a lift, rather than to give worship. My guess is that it is staggeringly high.
When Jesus said, as recorded in Mark 7:6 (NLT) You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, it didn’t just apply to worshippers in the first century, but to any worshipper of God in any time or place that goes through the motions at worship for any reason other than to give praise and glory to the great God, our Creator. Worship is about Him. It is for Him. It certainly isn’t about me or you or us. When we worship to get something out of it ourselves, we have become idols and our hearts are far from Him even as our lips mouth the right words and sing the right melodies and harmonies.
Why will you go to worship on Sunday? Invite the Spirit to reveal your motives – and to produce changes as needed.
PRAYER: Teach us to worship well…and worship rightly! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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