Our worship of God is the most humble and reverent action to our Creator for the debt we owe Him. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth and all that are therein and He also created us in his own image. (Gen. Chapter I) God very much wants all of us to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of His truth.(I Tim. 2:4) His grace provides a way to escape the bondage of sin and thus have salvation on the day of judgment. He sent his only begotten Son to this sinful world to shed His blood and die that cruel death upon the cross, that through his glorious resurrection, we might have salvation in Him. Truly God has a perfect plan for our salvation and He reveals it to us in his word. All through the bible God plainly tells us that He wants things done a certain way, “His Way.” Clearly He shows his approval for those who follow his will and his displeasure and wrath on those who do things, “their way.”

A perfect example of acceptable and unacceptable worship is found in Genesis the fourth chapter in regards to Cain and Abel. “And in the process of time it came to pass, Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering to the Lord. And Abel, also brought of the first of his flock and the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering. But unto Cain and his offering He had not respect.” How many times have we heard someone say, “ if we worship God with a good conscience, that’s all that matters, it will be acceptable to Him”? Nowhere here do I read that Cain’s offering was not with a good conscience. Then why, we might ask, did God have respect of Abel’s offering and why did He reject the offering of Cain? I think we can find the answer in Hebrews 11:4 which says, “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. And Romans 10:17 tells us, that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Abel offered his gift by faith, that is according to the word of God. Cain on the other hand chose to, “do it his way,” and did not offer his sacrifice according to God’s instructions. We see that God rejected his worship because it was not by faith, or according to His word.
The displeasure of God is apparent when man does not follow His commandments. In Leviticus chapter 10 we read, “And Nadab and Abihu the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire unto the Lord, which He had not commanded them. And there went out fire from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.” It would seem to me that the consequences of deviating from God’s plan will be dire indeed. God has always been very clear on how we are to worship Him, but man now as in the past, does not listen to God. They have devised their own plan, that according to their way of thinking, “is much better.” In Matthew 15:9 we read, “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Then if we do not worship God in spirit and in truth, that is according to his word, our worship is vain (empty, idle, worthless, having no real value, meaning, or foundation).Websters third International Dictionary.
If our worship is not by faith, by the word of God, not only is it worthless, it is sin. Romans 14:23 tells us, “For whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Many, if not most people, accept from the bible what they like and reject the things they don’t like. They also add things that entertain, or as they say, make them feel good about themselves and their worship experience. Worship is not about pleasing man, it’s about showing our reverence to God by keeping His commandments. Nowhere does God give man the right to pick and choose our worship and believe as we please. Now I ask you brothers, sisters, friends, and neighbors, “why not just take God’s word for it and worship Him as He commands?” May we always have a, “thus saith the Lord” for all our worship practices to our Creator. The great day of judgment is inevitable and our time on this earth swiftly grows shorter with each passing day.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.