“You’re here, but you’re not here.” Have you ever heard that statement from your spouse or a friend? It is the reality that your body is present, but your heart and mind are somewhere very far away. This can be a serious issue when it comes to an authentic relationship with someone. You will never be able to really know a person, nor will a person ever know you if you are not all there. We need to be all in when we are with someone. It is not a matter of merely being present, but to be fully engaged.
It is no different when it comes to the worship of the one true Holy God, except that God is the one who is fully deserving of all attention and worship. We must make sure that our hearts are involved, and that He is at the center of all we do. In Matthew 15, Jesus shows the danger of religiosity and merely going through the motions of tradition when He says, “You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” What a frightening statement that they could honor God with their lips, but have their hearts completely unengaged! They had become more interested in their own manmade rules and rituals that they had lost focus on God in their lives, therefore their hearts became hardened to the things of God.
The danger for us is that we might enter a worship center at our local church and simply mouth words that mean nothing to us, or mouth words that are familiar to us but have somehow become empty shells of what they once were. We are reminded in Luke 6:45 that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” The question is when you enter into a worship center, what is your heart full of? Have you spent the necessary time filling your heart with the things of God, His words, His thoughts, His majesty, His glory? The heart is the central place of the person’s thoughts, emotions and affections. It is the thing that determines what a person will focus on. This is why we must take care to fill our hearts with the things that will draw us closer to Christ and focus our eyes more fully on Him, rather than things that can distract us and even harden us. We must be purposeful in this lifelong endeavor to place the things in our life that will best fill our hearts with Him. We must “seek the things above where Christ is”, and “set your minds on things that are above, not things that are on the earth.” (Colossians 31-2) The old adage is that you will not be able to worship corporately if you have not worshiped privately throughout the week. This is why we must learn to daily give our hearts completely to the Father.
The danger is always lurking for us to merely give lip service or go through the motions. But, we must fight this and strive to give Him all our heart at every moment, especially those moments that we purposefully come to meet with Him! After all, He gave all of Himself that we might partake in the most incredible life possible, so that we might give all of ourself to declare He is worthy!
THINK CHRISTIAN! Dru Finley