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Day 40 of Lent 2018

Matthew 7:7

They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.

Today is day 40 of the 40 Days of Lent – our Lenten reading plan (since Sundays don’t count in Lent – we will have 47 days in our study). I hope you have stayed with us – leave some comments – if you would. Today’s passage is about some who worship in vain – instead of focusing on God – they focus on the art of worship. Folks had moved away from the commands of God and focused on other things.

Lent is typically a time to give something up – to stop a bad habit – to deny self – to dig deeper into our walk with Jesus. Today we want to read about Jesus’ instructions about worship. If Jesus were here today – would our form of worship meet His standards? Are we focused on Him and His commands or are we focused on things like the style of worship or even the location of worship?

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Mark 7:7-9 – 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” 9 And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!

During this Lenten season – make it a point to seek after Jesus more and more. Seek after Him – not after what suits us in worship. Let us strive to remove bad habits and sins from our lives each day. God bless you as you walk with Jesus to the Cross of Calvary! Connect with our Lord on every level possible. Seek what God would have you (and me) to do in worship. God has shown us what He desires in our worship. We should focus on Him and not on our traditions or on what pleases us. God is calling us to come before Him and seek Him as our main focus in worship.

Walk with me toward the cross. Deny yourself as I deny myself and let us draw near to Christ.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Today is Palm Sunday – so make today to attend worship at your favorite local church.

March 25, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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