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27 November 2011

Worship: More than Church Karaoke – pt.3

12:01 AM Posted by steve flores No comments
[Part One]; [Part Two]

I want to introduce you to a concept I have never heard before. Have you ever wondered this: Do I truly worship God genuinely, whole-heartedly? If worship is merely an activity of the church, in the church, and does not move us to surrender, then I wonder if we are just engaged in church karaoke when we sing worship songs. Think about it. The band begins, our favorite song is played, the screen illuminates with lyrics, and we sing a song passionately; you might even raise a hand or two. If that is the case, then could we be giving a subpar performance meeting a weekly “worship” requirement? At the end of service, we might say farewell to our fellow pew-buddies, “See you next week for some more church karaoke.” Without surrender, would that be what church worship becomes? I used to live that way; I was a church-karaoke professional. But, I believe the two sentences I whispered to God, “You have me. I am Yours.” were the most passionate display of worship I had ever given. At that moment, I understood worship was about completely surrendering. God didn’t want part of me all of the time. God wanted all of me, all of the time.

In Mark 7:6-7, Jesus quoted a passage from Isaiah. Jesus and his disciples were confronted by the Pharisees for not washing their hands before eating—they were breaking a tradition. Paraphrasing, the Pharisees angrily accosted Jesus, saying, “Why don’t your disciples wash their hands, like everyone else? They are making their food unclean!”  The Pharisees were notorious for pointing out wrongs in other people and their main goal was to discredit Jesus. Here’s Jesus’ response: Isaiah was right when he spoke about you hypocrites. He wrote, ‘These people show honor to me with words, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is worthless.’” –Mark 7:6-7 (New Century Version)

The Pharisees were avid students of the Old Testament, so they had to have known what passage Jesus was quoting from. For us to fully comprehend the context of Jesus’ quote here is the passage in Isaiah…