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Day 37 of Lent 2020

Matthew 7:7

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

Ray 2020Today is day 37 of the 40 Days of Lent – our Lenten reading plan (since Sundays don’t count in Lent – there are 47 days total in Lent). I hope you have stayed with us – leave some comments below – 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. When we worship the building or the ornaments or something other than God – we are worshiping things rather than God.

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?

During this pandemic – we have learned to be community without physical contact. We have been able to worship without a building. A good question – how is our worship these days?

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 – our music or style of worship. 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. – Keep praying for our denomination. The General Conference  2021 – of the United Methodist Church – will postpone their meeting in May. No date for the conference has been set yet – but they are looking into 2021. The church is in need of our prayers.

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