Years ago, my British grandma’s sister visited her and my grandpa in Missouri. It was a typical enough visit except for the one stipulation she brought with her… No one would eat meat in the house while she was visiting.
My grandma, excited at having her sister come for a visit, quickly agreed to the rule and plans were made. My grandpa, less excited at the prospect of two meatless weeks, quickly made plans of his own. And so, twice a day, every day, for two weeks, my grandpa would sit in his car, out at the curb, and eat a Big Mac and fries.
Don’t you just hate diets? My grandpa and I sure do. And so does God.
God hates it when we approach worship like nothing more than a diet from sin. Too many church-going Christians put their time in on Sunday mornings, singing songs, reading Scripture, praying and giving hugs, and walk out the doors, feeling like they’ve “done their worship” for the week.
Too many people find themselves living “life” while excitedly waiting for that special camp, conference or retreat where they’ll finally be able to “worship.”
That is so NOT the picture of worship we see in Scripture…
Joshua 24:14 — Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped…
Romans 12:1 — I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.
Matthew 22:37 — Love the Lord your god with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Colossians 3:23 — Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.
The American church has redefined “worship” as time spent in a group in a “worship” atmosphere, usually singing.
God has defined “worship” as a way of life. It’s a choice. A vision. A mission.
So why do we sit out in the car and eat our “Big Macs” of sin before we come into the house and get “healthy?”
We come to church, confess to God, pour our lives out before God, experience the closeness of communion, and feel so, well… GOOD about ourselves. Then, we go back out and sneak another Big Mac of sin. Because we forget worship is a lifestyle and not just a diet from sin.
Diets come and go. Lifestyles dictate our choices, our actions and our future.