The worship of God requires careful attention to our motives and thoughts. Many people don’t realize that God knows everything we think. God knows if we are sincerely showing our love and respect in worship or if we are just going through the motions.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warned his listeners about their giving and praying in Matthew 6:1-8. The first two words in the first verse of that chapter are “be careful.”
On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to sprinkle the blood of atonement on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. He was to make sure he was careful there because a mistake could mean he could die.
There have always been people with cavalier attitudes in worship because they don’t realize that God is watching and can become angry when he is not respected. Solomon wrote,
“Be careful what you do when you go to the temple of God; draw near to listen rather than to offer a sacrifice like fools, for they do not realize that they are doing wrong,” (Ecclesiastes 5:1).
God expects our full attention and our minds focused on submitting to his will. He loves us and wants only the best for us, but he will not look kindly upon a person who enters his worship with improper or impure motives and thoughts.
John is an evangelist in Tennessee and a contributor to the book, The Right Kind of Christianity, published by Forthright Press.