On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.
Can you imagine this happening today? I can’t. It would not be tolerated. The preacher would be thrown out the window. We worship too weakly for such things to be acceptable. Too many today are far too busy to give that much time to learning about Jesus, and growing as a disciple. Not to say they wouldn’t devote huge amounts of time to less nobler pursuits… i.e. sports, hobbies, work. Yes I said work. Work like many other things can draw us away from what is best for us. Think of Jesus interaction with Martha in Luke chapter ten.
At best, most of us allow one hour of our time per week to worship God. Even then, our eyes are on the clock because we have so many other things we need to do. Are we choosing what is best for us when are focused everywhere but on God? This is our “weakly worship”. Weak because our minds are not focused as they should be. We’re itching to get back to the world, while we critique the music, the lesson, and go through the motions of worship to God. I can’t help but wonder if Jesus might say this about us today… “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ (Luke 7:6)
We say we want to spend eternity with God. Yet, we treat one hour as though it were eternity. Can this be remotely pleasing to a God that gave His Son’s life… so that we could live with Him for eternity? Is it possible that we are worshipping in vain? Where are our hearts? Do we worship that one hour per week simply because we feel obligated to, because the church leadership says we should?
© 2016 Leo J. Woodman