What Did You Get Out of Worship?

by Stan Mitchell
“On coming to the house they saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense, and of myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).
As Bruce pulled his car out of the parking lot, his brother, Jerry, made an odd statement: “You know,” he began, “I didn’t get anything out of worship today.”
The sermon that day had been about the wise men who came to the house in which Jesus and his family lived. The minister had emphasized that they had come to “worship” him — an extraordinary thought because, as the preacher said, “one admires many people; one worships God, and God alone.”
The minister pointed out that although three gifts were offered – gold, incense and myrrh -the Biblical text never says there were three “wise men.” Their actual number was never given.
But it was something else that Bruce recalled. They had come “to worship,” and they had offered gifts.
They had not come to “get” but to “give.” It was not a matter of what they “got out of” church, but of what they offered. It was not a question of God’s obligation to us (he has none, everything he gives is by his grace!), it was a question of our obligation to God.
This Sunday at worship, if you don’t have gold, incense and myrrh, try offering your heart, will and life! That is the essence of worship!

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