You have to wear a dress.
You can’t have short hair.
You can’t wear obvious jewelry.
You have to wear a tie.
You have to wear a suit.
You have to wear your fanciest/best clothes.
You have to have a King James Bible.
You have to have a large Bible (so everyone can see you carry it in church?).
You can only sing these songs.
The sermon has to be this long.
The list goes on and on doesn’t it? It’s a list of how we’ve been told through the years we’re supposed to come to church, essentially what we MUST do if we want to worship while in church. If you do/don’t do certain things or dress a certain way there’s no way you can possibly worship the Lord. What a bunch of hooey!
I got to thinking about all this on Sunday when we sang the following song:
Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are to worship.
Come, just as you are before your God.
Isn’t this more like it? I mean, does it REALLY matter if we’re wearing a dress, or a suit, or have a King James Bible? I suppose to some it matters, but the point I’m trying to make is the Lord just wants us to come. He wants us to come just as we are and worship him. If we try to be perfect and try to clean ourselves up before we worship we’ll never get there. God wants us to come to him and worship him and the list above doesn’t matter. And, folks, we need to stop looking at others and focus on our own hearts. If someone doesn’t meet all the requirements YOU think they should meet, oh well. Not your problem. It’s for them to handle with God. And you know what? His list is FAR different than ours.
Next Sunday while you’re in church, take your eyes off others and ask yourself if you’re coming before the Throne just as you are. Are you ready to worship the King just as you are?