Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on February 2, 2014 · Posted in Worship

Humility: the pathway to worship

How many people do you think of as less significant than yourself? Sound a little crass? Okay, how about this? Are you irritated by people who don’t do things as you think they should be done? Do you consistently think of how you can serve others when a problem arises or do you just feel put out? These are indications of self-importance. If we are to pursue the attitude of Christ, then we will not be dominated with irritation at the actions of those around us. We will think first how we can serve, rather than how we are not being served. Christ is the exact picture of humility. He laid aside his own well-being to honor the will of his father.

Worship and self-importance do not mix. Worship consists of humility and honor for God. Thinking well of ourselves will hinder us from thinking well of God. Worship comes from being laid low before God and being consumed with a life of service to his great name. Anything less makes worship an exercise of selfish ambition or conceit.

Whether in corporate worship or in daily life, worship with the mind of Christ.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus… Philippians 2:3-5

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship. Romans 12:1

 
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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.