Blessings · Repentance · Way · Worship

a lesson on worship

What have you learned about worship from your reading of Luke?

—William H. Willimon, Making Disciples: Mentor’s Guide 

An exercise… in preparation for confirmation… mentoring a student… on worship…

Just nine chapters into Luke… and I wonder… What have I learned…?

Or really… reviewing my Luke Journal… I see what can be learned…

And I find God worthy of worship…

For with God nothing is ever impossible
and no word from God shall be without power
or impossible of fulfillment.
Luke 1:37 Amp
Also… those who worship… they follow… seek to get near…
And all the multitude were seeking to touch Him…
Luke 6:19 Amp
But the thing that really caught my attention… 
hearts must be prepared… 
And all the people who heard Him, even the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God [in calling them to repentance and in pronouncing future wrath on the impenitent], being baptized with the baptism of John.
But the Pharisees and the lawyers [of the Mosaic Law] annulled and rejected and brought to nothing God’s purpose concerning themselves, by [refusing and ] not being baptized by John.
Luke 7:29-30 Amp
John… the Baptizer… came to prepare the way for the Lord… offering a baptism of repentance… and forgiveness… a preparation of hearts… to receive… and believe… and worship… the Messiah…
And I see… those who do not embrace their need… their wretchedness… their sin… will never worship… Him…
Acknowledgement of sin… the key to worship…
Accepting the impossibility… of self-salvation… required… for worship…
And I realize… no amount of teaching… or knowledge… can inspire one to worship Him… just look at the Pharisees… much knowledge… but He just filled them with murderous indignation… not songs of praise…
Self-righteousness… self-help… self-discipline… all useless… when it comes to preparing a heart for Him… only Truth… and Light… can make the Way… for worship…
Prepare the way for the Lord, make His beaten paths straight.
And all mankind shall see (behold and understand and at last acknowledge) the salvation of God…
Luke 3:4, 6 Amp

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