To help us understand the true nature of worship, it’s important to understand the “who” and “how” of it.
Connecting With God
By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti
One of the initiatives for the Seventh-day Adventist Church during the current quinquennium is revival and reformation. For these to occur, it is necessary for us to engage in the act of worship. Every Sabbath, Adventists around the world meet to do just that. We sing, pray, collect tithes and offerings, and listen to special music, a children’s story, and a sermon. But is that all there is to worship? Not really. To help us understand the true nature of worship, it’s important to understand the “who” and the “how” of it.
Matthew 4:9, 10 instructs us regarding the “who” of worship. In verse 9, Satan takes Jesus to the top of an “exceedingly high” (NKJV) mountain. There he offers to give Jesus “ ‘all the kingdoms of the world and their glory’ ” (NKJV). Jesus responds by saying, “ ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” ’ ” (verse 10, NKJV). In other words, we cannot serve two masters (Matt. 6:24). God simply cannot be just one influence in our lives among many. He must be the supreme influence so that His Holy Spirit can order our lives according to His principles.1
When God is supreme in our lives, we will learn to worship Him not just on Sabbath, but on every other day as well. This becomes the “how” of worship. For worship to become part of our daily lives, we must learn to be “aware of God’s presence and guidance in all situations and . . . maintain an attitude of serving him.”2 The “how” of worship is also to remember that “religion is not to be confined to external forms and ceremonies. The religion that comes from God is the only religion that will lead to God. In order to serve Him aright, we must be born of the divine Spirit. This will purify the heart and renew the mind, giving us a new capacity for knowing and loving God. It will give us a willing obedience to all His requirements. This is true worship. It is the fruit of the working of the Holy Spirit. By the Spirit every sincere prayer is indited [composed], and such prayer is acceptable to God. Wherever a soul reaches out after God, there the Spirit's working is manifest, and God will reveal Himself to that soul. For such worshipers He is seeking. He waits to receive them, and to make them His sons and daughters.”3
He is waiting for you.
1. The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 351.
2. Life Application Study Bible, NIV (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan), p. 680.
3. The Desire of Ages, p. 189.