True Worshippers are Servants
Category : General
Isa.1: 13 (KJV)
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
It has been observed, ‘God’s chief difficulty with us is, not filling, but emptying us; not edifying or building up, as it is pulling us down.’
God does not intend absolutely to forbid this kind of worship, but He expresses His strong abhorrence of the manner in which it was done. He desired a better state of mind; He preferred purity of heart to all this external homage. It is also noted to adore God for His goodness, and to pray to Him to make us good, is the sum and substance of all wholesome worship!
Look at the history of the Church, and you will see that most, if not all, of those whom God has employed in a signal manner for His glory, have been, in one way or another, among the most afflicted of men either in heart or in body, sometimes in both. Therefore, do not be afraid of suffering; it helps service. The work of God is mostly hidden work, fully known to Him, known partly to those who the immediate objects of it are, scarcely known to ourselves. Public worship is a thing of Divine appointment. A considerable part of the earlier books of Scripture is occupied with injunctions to observe it, and with directions for its conduct. All the best men of ancient times made public worship part of the business of their lives. David, Josiah, Hezekiah, Ezra, and Nehemiah made great sacrifices that it might be duly honored. Our Lord Himself, who set aside the traditions of men, was careful to observe this Divine ordinance; besides attending the great feasts, He attended the synagogue every Sabbath-day (Luke). The apostles and early Christians were in this respect His true followers (Act 2:46; 3:1). And we are expressly warned against neglect of it (Heb.10:24-25).
As all such were, which were offered up without faith in Christ, in hypocrisy, and with dependence on them for pardon and atonement, and particularly when put an end to by the sacrifice of Christ, many think religion flourishes if services are well attended. But, unless we are “willing and obedient” our “fat things” will not make us fat. They will rather harm us. Paul says, “Ye serve the Lord Christ.” Our vocation is the main part of our service for Him, provided we are in the place where He would have us be. If we are not clear about that point, be sure and inquire of Him. It is noted, in a well-ordered house there are many servants, and, if one tried to do another’s work, there would be confusion. A densely crowded festal meeting, combined with inward emptiness and barrenness on the part of those who were assembled together, was a contradiction which God could not endure. Let us do our work and do it faithfully. If God has special and occasional service, beyond this, He will direct us to it. Again, remember what the apostle says about service, “Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord”–fervent, that is, quite not, boiling.
Have a great and godly day!