Worship #2 – Worship from the Heart
The woman in the Gospel who broke the alabaster jar of perfume and anointed Jesus’ feet illustrates worship.
“A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them” (Luke 7:37-38).
She came to Jesus in humility and with deep sorrow for her sins. And she offered to Jesus something of great value.
Jesus commended her act of worship and said to her: “Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:48, 50).
God looks at our hearts as we worship to see if we are drawing near to him, or if we are only mouthing the words. Jesus said that those who honor God with their lips, but their hearts are far from the Lord, worship God in vain (Matthew 15:8-9).
When we open our hearts to God, we worship. When our faith looks up to God, we worship. When we draw near to God, we worship.
A young man was making his first climb up the Alps – the highest and most extensive mountain range in Europe. He was accompanied by two strong and sturdy guides. Together they were making the steep and hazardous ascent. He felt secure with one guide ahead and one following.
For hours they climbed. Eventually, breathless, they reached the rocks protruding through the snow above them – the summit!
The guide ahead wanted to let this young man enjoy the magnificent view. So he moved aside to let him go first.
But forgetting the strong winds that would blow across those summit rocks, the young man leaped to his feet. Immediately, the guide pulled him down. He shouted above the winds, “On your knees, sir! You are never safe here except on your knees.”
Jesus said that the Father seeks for, longs for, looks for worshipers (John 4:23). When our hearts are right, and pride is brought to its knees, the worship of our hearts ascends to God.
“Lord, make me a worshiper of you.”
~ Pastor Dave