If you are able to go to church on Sunday, you probably will. For most Christians, it’s almost automatic—and rightly so.
But is it possible that our efforts to go to church for worship might be wasted? Could it all be in vain?
Yes. Before we even enter the church, the worth of our worship can be reduced to nothing because of the way we’ve lived during the week.
In Amos 5, the Lord had some harsh words for those who attempted to worship Him while bringing with them the guilt of an ungodly lifestyle. His people were constantly angering Him by following false gods (v.26). When they assembled to worship the Lord through sacrifices and songs, God despised their hypocrisy.
In Isaiah 1, God instructed His people that before they could worship Him, they were to “cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice” (vv.16-17).
What a challenge to us! Before we worship God, we are to put things in order by confessing our sins, seeking His forgiveness, and then serving Him. Our daily walk with God and our obedience to His commands are the elements that prepare us for church. Anything less will lead to wasted worship.
O holy God, undone by guilt depressing
We come to Thee our every sin confessing;
Grant us, we pray, Thy cleansing and Thy blessing;
We worship Thee, O God! —Frost
Worship that pleases God comes from an obedient heart.