Living a life of true worship by Jessica Gardiner for Christian Today
We all dedicate our lives to worship. Regardless of our professed spirituality, or lack thereof, our behaviours point to our object of worship.
Our worship extends beyond raised hands in a thirty-minute music performance on a Sunday. Rather, it infiltrates every aspect of our being. Our lives become imprinted by our choice of worship – God, self or others.
Whether we find ourselves engrossed with the pursuit of secular success, or striving to be the most dedicated servant at church, our focus can deviate from worshipping our holy God.
The concept of worship is introduced in Genesis chapter 22, verses 1-10. Abraham demonstrated a life of true worship. He worshipped God with fear, obedience and a heart willing to sacrifice all for the glory of God.
As Christians today, how are we to worship God?
Recently I completed a Bible study called Living a Life of True Worship written by Kay Arthur and Bob and Diane Vereen whereby I was prompted to examine how the Old Testament tabernacle reveals God’s calling today for authentic worship.
“I am the door; if any one enters through Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John chapter 10, verse 9).
When we consider the Christian faith, it appears almost incomprehensible that God longs to have an intimate relationship with us. Yet, He does.
In Exodus chapter 25, God provided Moses with clear instructions on the construction of the tabernacle. The tabernacle was the place where God would meet and communicate with man. Man could approach God in the tabernacle through a process of ritual sacrifice.
God gave the priest specific instructions regarding the process of how and when he could worship God in the tabernacle. The priest did not have the authority to formulate their own way of worship.
Similarly, the function of the tabernacle and the way in which worship took place was required to be done God’s way. This practice foreshadowed Jesus and provides us with insights into how we should worship today.