The Lord has become like an enemy— he has devoured Israel. He has devoured all of her palaces, destroying her fortresses. He filled cherished Judah with mourning and lament. 6 He plowed under his Temple like a garden, spoiling his tent. The LORD abolished in Zion both festivals and Sabbaths. In his fierce wrath he despised both king and priest. 7 The Lord rejected his altar, disavowing his sanctuary. He gave up her palace walls to the control of the enemy. They shouted in the LORD’s Temple, as though they were attending a day of celebration.
In past lessons I have written about the proper heart of worship. Today I want to share how the location of our worship does not matter to the Lord, what matters to Him is our priorities in worshiping Him. A church is just a building no different than the temples of old. They can be beautiful and even luxurious and hold thousands of people, however, if the people from within do not sincerely worship God the church will slowly decay from within.
This is why I want to share with everyone today that the place of worship does not matter to God.
The people of Judah had an amazing temple, but had no sincerity in their worship. They were simply going through the daily motions of worship. What they were proclaiming with their mouths was not what was truly in their hearts and minds. By doing this, their worship became a mockery of our Heavenly Father. This is a big problem I see in today’s churches that affects many Christians because of it. Many people see church as the one day of the week to give to the Lord and mistake its intention. Church is a place for fellowship, it is not the only spiritual word you should receive during the week. Your worship should be conducted daily from home. If you just praise and worship on Sunday’s and continue to sin the rest of the week or not be sincere in your worship, you are no different that the people of Judah and they paid a horrific price for mocking God.
I am not pointing any fingers to anyone because we have all been there at some point. You wake up not feeling well or just not into it and go to church out of habit or routine. However, if your heart’s not in it than you should just stay home when looking at it from God’s perspective. Before you worship the Lord you should ask yourself some simple questions to see if you are in the proper mindset to worship Him. When you are praying to God, are you saying things that you really do not mean? An example can be praying for some sort of healing, but not really expecting God to help you. Are you starting to become numb to your own daily sin and justify your actions by not being as bad as the person to your left or right? Thinking like this will pollute your mind and in terms pollute your worship of God.
Only you can honestly answer these questions. I just want to bring to light with the proper mindset and sincerity of heart you can worship God truly from anywhere. Whether a church, your home or driving to work, always remember the gift of life the Lord has given you and He is always worthy of your praise. When having a positive perspective like that in mind, you will be able to tackle any obstacle and your worship will never be a mockery to the Lord. I pray that this message helps someone today and please have a blessed day.