Until then, when we come to worship, do the best you can.

7. Finally, whatever you believe to be the best way to worship, cut the other fellow some slack. Not everyone will want to do it your way.

The other fellow is worshiping the best he can, in a manner that expresses what he's feeling.

Peter was growing uncomfortable. The Lord had been telling him how things would be for him in the future, and much of it sounded awful. So, like a disciplined child seeking to turn the attention to a sibling, Peter points out John and says, "And Lord, what about him?"

Jesus spared nothing, but said, "What is that to you? You follow me" (John 21:21-22).

Lord, what about how this guy worships, what he wears, what they use, what they're not doing?

What is it to you? Follow Jesus.

When the man born lame was healed in Acts 3, he showed his joy by leaping and jumping and praising.

When a woman was forgiven of her great sin, she showed her strong devotion by bathing Jesus' feet in her tears and drying them with her hair (Luke 7).

We should be cautious about sitting in judgment over the way other people worship.

After all, "who are you to be sitting in judgment on someone else's servant? To his own master, he stands or falls" (Romans 14:4).

How do you worship the Lord?

Oh? Well, if it's alright by the Lord, I'm cool by it.

Dr. Joe McKeever is a Preacher, Cartoonist, and the Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Visit him at joemckeever.com/mtUsed with permission

Original publication date: December 2, 2009