I want to deny, deny, deny, EVEN THOUGH everything I’ve been told by people, I have already been told by God through His word. We were all told the same thing: we were made in His perfect image, that we have a Christ-like mind, and we are without fault in His eyes because of His son. So why is it that we can still feel so ashamed to raise our hands during a church service because we made a mistake that day? Why is it we feel unqualified to walk through those church doors?
We feel the need to hide from God when satan comes our way making us feel inferior. Adam and Eve did it when they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:8). Moses did it in Exodus when he killed an Egyptian for beating his own people. It says in Exodus 3:14, “Moses was AFRAID and thought, ‘Now everyone knows what I did.’”
Have you ever done something you’re not supposed to do or said something you shouldn’t have said, walked into a room full of complete strangers, and felt like EVERYONE knew what you did? Yeah. Moses that’s a bit dramatic. Not EVERYONE will know what you did. But he was still so scared! He ran away from his home and lived in the Midian land.
I have run away before in my mind, too. I wouldn’t come to God for anything. I tried to do life on my own. But God has remained the same since the beginning of time.
Do you know what God did after Adam and Eve sinned and hid from Him? It says this in Genesis 3:9, “But the Lord God CALLED to the man and said, ‘WHERE ARE YOU?’”
WHERE ARE YOU?
That’s what God asks me when I get lost from running so far. He calls out, “Where are you?” It’s not as if He doesn’t know where I am, but He knows that those words cause me to look around and realize that I don’t know. I have NO CLUE where I am. Then I come back and remember why everyone always says, “It’s not about you.”
I’ve been told that the more you focus on yourself, the more you find things that need fixing, and it’s so very true. If at any point in time I have felt not good enough to raise my hands in the air because I love God is because I wasn’t focusing on Him. I was focusing on myself.
I just said that I would raise my hands in the air BECAUSE I LOVE GOD. I'm not raising my hands because I gave more than 10% that morning. It’s not because I read my bible every day that week. It is because I love God, but sometimes I just forget why I CAN raise my hands.
In previous posts, I’ve talked a lot about Exodus, and this one is no different. (Please read it. It’s good!) I came across this verse, Exodus 10:9, where Moses is telling the king who will go to worship the Lord, “We will go with our young and old people, our sons and daughters, and our flocks and herds, BECAUSE we are going to have a feast TO HONOR THE LORD.”
I thought about how it doesn’t say “the ones who have the most faith” or “the ones who resist sin the most.” It says the young, the old, the sons, and the daughters which I think pretty much covers everyone. EVERYONE. I also thought about how it doesn’t say “because we’re perfect” or “because we sacrificed the most for God.” It says, “because we are going to have a feast to honor the Lord.”
So in other words: EVERYONE IS GOING TO WORSHIP BECAUSE OF THEIR LOVE FOR GOD.
God chose the Israelites to be saved and by God no matter what they did, who they were, or where they came from, if they were an Israelite, He was getting them out of slavery.
Today we are all chosen by God through the blood of Jesus Christ. God no longer sees our sins we’ve committed, but He sees His perfect Son written on our hearts. And NO MATTER what we’ve done, the minute we walk through those church doors on a Sunday morning, whether it’s our first time or our 100th time, He sees us all with the same eyes of love. It says this in Galatians 3:28, “Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.”
Worship Him for the first time or for the 100th time. Worship Him when you have good days and worship Him when you mess up. Worship Him because He loves you so much and you love Him. And THE MINUTE satan creeps in your mind making you believe you are not good enough to worship God, you tell him that’s the point!