Dating going through the motion
STS-5003 - Keisha Jenkins - Goin' Through The Motions Release Date: 1993-06-09 Label: Streetstyle Catalog Title: STS Series Catalog No: STS-5003 Artist: Keisha Jenkins Producer: Blaze Publisher: Publishing Corp.
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Scriptures: Malachi 1:1-14 Nate cautiously approached his pastor one day and admitted, "I'm not sure what the problem is.
I feel empty inside." This confession concerned his pastor considerably since Nate was one of his most faithful laypersons.
Whenever the pastor called a meeting or needed something done around the church, Nate and Nancy always showed up. "Well, I just feel like I am going through the motions.
They had rebuilt the Temple and reestablished the worship of God. But inwardly a cancer of complacency ate away at their commitment.As God's final spokesman prior to John the Baptist, Malachi arrived to challenge God's people.The Book of Malachi is structured as a seven-cycle argument between God and his people.Different from other prophetic books that focus on discourses, the Book of Malachi takes the form of a dialogue or argument in which God speaks and the people answer back.God tells the people how he expects them to live, the people respond with a cynical question, and then God expands on his original concern. Far more significant than the gifts on the altar is the heart of the worshipper.Malachi begins by telling them that God loves them with a tender, affectionate, and unconditional love. God wants to find a heartfelt attitude of honor and respect toward Him, an attitude that recognizes who He is and how gracious He has been.In return, our only reasonable response is to worship him with devotion and sacrifice. Unfortunately their worship had become insincere, going through the motions. says Yahweh of Hosts to you priests, who despise My name" (Mal. In the original Hebrew the word honor means literally to be heavy. Years ago, Henry Ward Beecher, was one of the most famous preachers in America.God spoke through Malachi to these apathetic and complacent people, calling them back to serious worship in chapter one. As an antidote to going through the motions in worship, God expects: "A son honors his father, and a servant his master. So when you honor someone it means you treat them as a heavyweight in your life - someone of extreme importance, someone of great significance, someone who is huge. People from all over the nation came to worship at his church.When God says in the Ten Commandments, "Honor your father and your mother," he's not saying just obey them and respect them, but treat them as if they're truly significant to you. One Sunday he was absent, and a visiting preacher substituted for him. All those who came this morning to worship Henry Ward Beecher may now withdraw from the church. Old Testament law required people to offer God sacrifices from their flocks and herds. In worship we not only honor God we help ourselves.When the visiting minister came to the pulpit the people realized that Henry was gone. All who came to worship God may stay." People may come to a worship service for many superficial reasons: to hear a certain preacher, to watch their children perform, to visit with their friends, to fulfill an obligation, to enhance their business opportunities, to see what everyone else is wearing. The priests were accepting not just the second-best from the people, but worse than that. If they had an animal that was no good for breeding and wasn't going to fetch much of a price at the butcher shop, they would give it to the Lord. We no longer offer God animal sacrifices, because Christ became our sacrifice. " Do you come to worship and make a mental list of what you're going to accomplish when you get home? We should meet God's command by honoring Him, giving Him our best, exalting His name, and sincerely worshipping Him because He meets our needs. But worship is the force that helps make the day-by-day life of obedience possible. If you leave church with your faith stronger, your hope brighter, your love deeper, your sympathies broadened, your heart purer, and with your will more resolute to do the will of God, then you have truly worshipped.But only one reason is acceptable - to give honor and praise to God. ' 'By presenting defiled food on My altar.' You ask: 'How have we defiled You? He has borne the penalty of our sin, like the animal sacrifices in Old Testament times bore the penalty of those people's sin. Their worship became ritualistic, humdrum, mechanical, and familiar. Do you come to church and say: "How long is this going to last? Ravi Zacharias said, "When man is bored with God even heaven does not have a better alternative." George Malone tells the story about a big Gothic cathedral in his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. Since this has come from your hands, will He show any of you favor? When we experience true worship, certain results occur in the life of the worshipper. Rick Ezell is the pastor of First Baptist Greer, South Carolina.