FRIDAY: Worship—Then Serve Christ
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the L ord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
— Matthew 4:10, emphasis added
Worship is the most vital and life-changing topic of the whole Bible. When Jesus was alone in the wilderness (except for the devil’s presence), He stated His extremely important mandate for serving Him. In Matthew 4:10, Jesus gave this order: “Away with you, Satan!” (10a). Then He quoted a verse from His memory arsenal of the Word of God: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve’ ” (Matthew 4:10b, emphasis added). Did you fully grasp what is supposed to come before service? Worship! This is God’s order. All service for Him is to flow out of worship. No worship—no service.
Does ministry ever get dull, tedious, and wearying? If so, that is a warning sign that the oil of worship is running low. Worship must always come before service. When the worship wanes, service becomes a drag because the Holy Spirit does not energize it.
We start worshiping God at the moment of our salvation for we are the true circumcision (Philippians 3:3 NASB). In this verse, the apostle Paul is talking about the Judaizers who were not followers of Christ. They believed being circumcised, an external form of salvation, was the way to get into heaven.
This is the same as believing that if you are baptized or join the church or “walk an aisle” that you will go to heaven. These are all external things. But God is after an internal heart belief. Therefore, He says that the only people who will go to heaven are those who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:2-3, NASB).
Do not count on what you have done, but on what Christ has accomplished. If you are born again, you are one who has been transformed from the inside out. God transforms us to be genuine worshipers when we are saved. We can then worship in the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, because of no longer having confidence in our own flesh. Worshiping God is the most marvelous, encouraging, strengthening, and uplifting thing we can do!
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