Now the town of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and their men to seek the favor of the Lord , speaking to the priests who belong to the house of the Lord of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, “Shall I weep in the fifth month and abstain, as I have done these many years?” – Zechariah 7:2-3
How easy it is to slip into a dead, lifeless religion!
Are we not as likely to be guilty of apathy as the Jews to whom Zechariah prophesied? For years they observed the rituals of their faith, yet they did so without any regard for the God their practices were meant to acknowledge. Rather than glory in the Almighty (who gave them the ability to obey), they gloried in their own obedience.
How often have we attended religious services and then patted ourselves on the back for having done so? We must not call what we do “worship,” if it is truly intended to remind God of our own worth. Worship must acknowledge Him and Him alone. God inhabits the “received” praises of His people, not a mindless, heartless praise of self.
Correction is simple, but it requires a deliberate focus away from what we have done to who God is. Begin to make it, today.
If thou beest ever so exact in thy morals, and not a worshiper of God, then thou art an atheist. – William Gurnall
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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