I have visited a couple of Churches that allow their congregations to enter into the Sanctuary with coffee in hand, as though they have come to a social event with stage performers. They dim the lights, colored lights start flashing, it looks like a rock concert is taking place. Worst of all the devil could not be happier to see the level disrespect for our so-called “HOLY GOD”! God’s people entering the sanctuary sipping coffee, coming in late and stopping to chat with friends who are already in worship mode, is unacceptable. satan is enjoying this mockery of worship. I even witnessed a man holding up his cup of coffee as though he was making a toast, while everyone else said “Amen” as the message was being delivered by the man of God. This conduct is unacceptable in the sanctuary. This behavior does not honor God and is very lax in service to Him. Corporate worship services should always be “done decently and in an orderly fashion; (1 Cor. 14:40). Anything done out of the order of God’s commands show a lack of reverence and blatant disobedience. It also shows a lack of spiritual fruit (Gal. 5:22-23).
The Old Testament priests never entered God’s presence holding anything, except incense and the sin offering (Lev. 4:3-21; 16:14-15). In the New Testament, Jesus is our High Priest (Heb. 9:1-28); it is through the Blood of Christ and the washing of the Word, that we are sanctified and set apart for God use. If we bring anything besides ourselves into the sanctuary, a Bible, an offering, and a friend or two should accompany us. Bringing an offering to God as part of the worship glorifies Him; (Heb. 13:15; Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:10).
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that you should not come to church because you don’t have nice clothes. What I am asking is that you think of God as your Creator, who blesses you every day with the things you need and ask for. He listens to your prayers and answers them. He only asks that we love Him, and give Him the respect that He rightly deserves. Bring the King your best. Enter into His presence with thanksgiving, praise and worship Him. Present an offering to Him. This is true worship at its best.
You can’t have peace without God, without reverencing Him. I employ you to please think about your actions, as well as God’s expectations of His people. Come into His presence with awe, having a thankful heart. Honor God, reverence Him and love Him. He loved us first and He gave us His best. Jesus Is God’s best offering given to all of mankind.
“All are welcome to come, bring your best offering to the King.”
I leave you with these two thought-provoking Scriptures, spoken to all believers by our Lord Jesus Christ, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”; “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them”; (John 14:15, 23 NIV).”