In Romans 12:1-2, the apostle Paul describes true worship perfectly, “I urge you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable, or well-pleasing and perfect.”
When we present our bodies to God we are giving up control of ourselves, and all things that concern us. Worship is reserved for God only. The Bible tells us that every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. We shall all bow down to God on that day. True worship is expressed through our actions.
The Sanctuary is the place where we meet our Creator. The room known as the Holy of Holies was the most sacred area of the ancient Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple of Jerusalem. Before the high priest entered the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement, he had to wash himself, put on special clothing, bring burning incense to let the smoke cover his eyes from a direct view of God, and bring sacrificial blood with him to make atonement for sins (Ex. 28; Heb. 9:7). Today, as we entering into the sanctuary there shouldn’t be any difference in the sense of holiness, reverence and the worship of God. He’s not your buddy, He is God. God is holy, in fact, He is so holy that He cannot look at sin. Sin cannot stand before His presence. God deals with sin by destroying it.
Entering Into The Presence of Holy God
In the Old Testament, the high priest was the supreme religious leader of the Israelites. The office of the high priest was hereditary and was traced from Aaron, the brother of Moses, of the Levite tribe (Ex. 28:1; Num. 18:7). The high priest had to be “whole” physically (without any physical defects), as well as holy in conduct (Lev. 21:6-8).
The phrase “Come as you are” has totally been taken out of context. True enough, if someone is hurting and looking for a better way to live, this phrase means to come to Jesus, just as you are. With all the hurt and pain, all of your troubles, your condition is never a question, whether you have clean clothes or not. If you are addicted to drugs, just come. Jesus welcomes all to come. He loves us regardless of the condition we are in. The problem today is, we have believers who have come already, but they refuse to change. The phrase is not “Come as you are, and you are welcome to remain the same.” God is not done with me yet is their favorite excuse for remaining the same. God gets the blame for someone not wanting to grow spiritually. My brothers and sisters this should not be! Change is required!
After being with Jesus for a while change should be inevitable. Coming to Jesus and remaining on the vine means that you are growing in knowledge, gaining wisdom, and you learn to walk as Jesus walked. We are to look like Jesus, which means that we are to emulate His ways.
Believers today come before the presence of God falling short of reverence for Him. We should enter into His presence looking our best, being our best, and doing our best. Wearing football attire, riped short or ripped blue jeans, worldly slogan tee shirts, and flip flops, is not our best. I am not addressing those who are less fortunate, but I am addressing people who just don’t care. Those who believe that all that matters is that they showed up for church for an hour, go home and remain the same.