I’ll tell you what it really means to worship the Lord.
Remove the chains of prisoners who are chained unjustly.
Free those who are abused!
Share your food with everyone who is hungry:
Share your home with the poor and homeless.
Give clothes to those in need;
Don’t turn away your relatives.
Then your light will shine like the dawning sun, and you will quickly be healed.
What a pre-requisite!
What a promise!
One of the New Testament writers reminds us about the true way to worship God.
Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived.
This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air.
Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this:
Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
Yet; one may pose a question, & ask:
What does it mean to be religious?
Is it rigorous praying and fasting?
Is it living by time-honoured rules and regulations?
Is it observing customs – practices and so on?
Surely, it’s all about knowing the Father’s heart and being obedient to His plan of action!
Remember, His plan wasn’t written out with ink on paper, with pages and pages of legal footnotes, killing our spirit.
Rather, it’s written with Spirit on spirit, His life on our lives.
Only then – as we make sense of this reality – will our lives begin to glow in the darkness, and our shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight!
Then, as we draw close to our Heavenly Father, and listen to His heart, we will gain a growing desire & impulse – that colours our thoughts, and choreographs what we do.
It’s living in the promise.
David Prince: Full-time Husband To Rachel – Writer Of Stuff – Receiver Of Grace – Drinker Of Tea – & Hearty Neighbour.
Committed to loving God and loving people.
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