And no, I’m not talking about saying cuss words in church…
Our best effort is not what the Lord wants,
Exodus 20:25 If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it.
Deuteronomy 12:8 You are not to do as we do here today, everyone as he sees fit,
1 Samuel 15:22 ‚ÄúDoes the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice,and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
So when we read verses like this, why in the world do we try so hard to be good and do good things without striving to hear from God?
We’ve GOT to step out of the Christian Lifestyle formula and live with and in and beside and through GOD. What if, whatever activity you did to worship God, was profane as soon as you tried to make it look good or fit better? That’s what Exodus 20:25 is all about. As soon as your worship of God is something you can be proud of, it is no longer worship of God. Of course, if you are disgusted with it and don’t like it, it’s not about God either.
I remember one time there were a group of us that wanted to sing worship songs. Someone blurted out, “But we can’t, because Eric Youngblood isn’t here.” He was the guitar player. He was the worship leader whenever we were together, and without him, that person thought we couldn’t worship. Thankfully, everyone scoffed at that and we sung and sung and sung for a good long time before he showed up.
Let us cast off our quality-control perfect worship mentality. Let us not strive to attract people with the quality of our show. Let’s live faithful to Christ and let Him do the rest.