Our Attitude When Worshiping Our God


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If you are like the casual worshipper who selfishly expects something out of worshipping the Lord or like the self-righteous who spends more time examining others rather than focusing on the Lord themselves...this lesson is for you.

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  • Our Attitude When Worshiping Our God

    1. 3. Imagine a church where every member is passionately, whole-heartedly, and recklessly calling the shots
    2. 4. I have a busy work-week and by the time Sunday rolls around I’m tired. So, how about a church service that starts when I get there?
    3. 5. This guy (baby) plays by his own rules. We want to find a church where if he starts screaming we’re not the bad guys.
    4. 6. You know financially, My wife and I don’t give a lot to the church but we sure like to know who does.
    5. 7. When I’m in the church service, can my car get a buff and a wax?
    6. 8. Introduction <ul><li>This illustration is “over the top” with humor, but it deals with a serious message. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ever heard of ATMs, Restaurants, Drive-in communion? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even among “faithful” congregations of the Lord selfishness is seen by ‘church accommodations’. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to come to realize…it is NOT about you or me, but about our heavenly Father. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 9. Our Attitude Must Be of a Willing Heart <ul><li>Mary’s act toward Jesus was done out of love for Him. Jn. 12:1-67 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus recently raised Lazarus from the dead. Jn. 11 (v. 28, 32-36) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary was under no compulsion or obligation to anoint Jesus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If there was a sense of compulsion or obligation it was done out of thanksgiving and a willing heart. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 10. Our Attitude Must Be of a Willing Heart <ul><li>Judas was not willing that Mary use the perfume oil to anoint Jesus. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First, the perfume was not even Judas’. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>His suggestion to sell the costly perfume only deflected his true heart. cp. Jn. 12:5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He was not willing that Mary should use the perfume to anoint the Lord. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 11. Our Attitude Must Be of a Willing Heart <ul><li>Our attitude: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you willingly worship the Lord, having great love for the One who loves us? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have/find reasons not to worship the Lord? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many provide superficially righteous reasons for their hearts/actions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consider your attitude. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 12. Our Attitude Must be Pure <ul><li>Mary used pure (or genuine) oil in her act of love of Jesus. Jn. 12:3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Without reading too much into the symbolism of the oil, it no doubt reflects the attitude Mary showed in her loving act toward Jesus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>She wanted to give nothing but the best: and her willing attitude reflected purity. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 13. Our Attitude Must be Pure <ul><li>Judas had an ulterior motive for his words. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Sell it for 300 denarii and give the money to the poor.” V. 5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>His heart betrayed his words, however, because he cared not for the poor, but thought only of himself. V. 6 </li></ul></ul>
    12. 14. Our Attitude Must be Pure <ul><li>Our attitude: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some come with pure motives giving the best of what they have in worshipping the Lord. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others come for selfish reasons, thinking only of themselves: a ‘what can I get out of this service.’ </li></ul></ul>
    13. 15. Our Attitude Is Reflected By How Much the Worship Costs Us <ul><li>It cost Mary much in the way of finances for this oil. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary didn’t come to receive from the Lord, but to give to Him. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What she gave was so exorbitant than many consider her action wasteful (foolish). </li></ul></ul>
    14. 16. Our Attitude Is Reflected By How Much the Worship Costs Us <ul><li>It cost Judas nothing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yet he still considered not the loving offering Mary gave to Jesus, but only considered himself. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>His attitude manifested his true heart: love of this world. cp. Matt. 26:14 </li></ul></ul>
    15. 17. Our Attitude Is Reflected By How Much the Worship Costs Us <ul><li>Our attitude: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worshipping the Lord should cost us something because we are offering something up before our Lord. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For some, however, the offering is of little to no consequence and in fact only look for what can be received. </li></ul></ul>
    16. 18. Conclusion <ul><li>There is a great contrast between Mary’s act of love for Jesus and Judas’ selfishness. </li></ul><ul><li>Such examples embodies the contrasting attitudes that prevail among those who worship God today. </li></ul>