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A Radical Journey to the Cross: Day 15: Radical Worship- HumilityFebruary 27, 2013
As I was reading today in Leviticus 26, the words “but for their sake I will remember my covenant” stuck out to me. Prior to this we are told, “if they will confess their sins and humble their hearts I will remember my covenant.” 2 Chronicles 7 also make it very clear that a humble heart and turning from our wicked ways back to God means release from captivity. So why is humility such a radical concept in the church today? When are leaders going to realize the church is not ours? Why are so many teaching everything under the sun except turning from our own wicked ways in humility? O sure many teach to follow their ways like, if you come to our church we will show you our way, if you read my book I will show you my way while in reality like the Pharisees they are leading people astray. David said in Psalm 40:6 “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. So many churches are just handing down empty traditions and teachings like 1 Peter 1 states, “the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers.” On the surface it looks like church but it is empty inside. Jesus said about the Pharisees in Mark 7:6 “These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” So in many cases what the church is spending so much time on, like burnt offerings and sacrifices (programs and the busyness of church) is not correct. If we are not teaching this radical form of worship called humility, we will not see God move in power and free captives. Saul made this terrible mistake when he does not do as he was told. He also “set up a monument in his own honour.” But Samuel replied (1 Samuel 15): “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” Saul followed his own way and lost the kingdom. Whose kingdom are we really trying to build? Are we prepared to wait on God for his timing or are we going to go ahead and do it ourselves.David finishes his statement by saying 40:7 “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. 8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” In order to build the kingdom we must first become humble, then God can use us. Will you humble yourself and say, “Here I am and I desire to do Your will”