Why do we do the things that we do? Why do we breathe, eat, and sleep? We do these to live. We have to, to be able to live. Why do we work, clean house, mow the lawn, or plant gardens? Some enjoy these, but for the most part we have to, so as to help us live the lives we want to live. Why do we obey laws, pay taxes, buy insurance?
There are a lot things that we have to do, whether we enjoy doing them or not. Whether we want to or not. Yet, our attitude towards, say, paying taxes, does not matter to the government, as long as we pay them.
What about our service to our Father? Does our attitude matter to Him?
Israel of old was bound in a covenant relation, which entailed many ordinances, statutes, and commandments. The Sabbaths, daily sacrifices, tithes, washings, etc. The failure to practice some of these ordinances brought the penalty of death. Understandably there was a fear associated with the obedience of the Law of Moses. Yet, even then attitude mattered.
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
(Psa 50:23 ESV)
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent.”
(Pro 21:27 ESV)
“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
(Hos 6:6 ESV)
Today, what should our attitude be? Should it be one of necessity? Of fear? A look at a few more verses should tell us what our attitude should be.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4:24 ESV)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
(Rom 8:1-2 ESV)
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
(1Jn 4:18 ESV)
Are there things that we must do to be pleasing to our Father? Of course! However, should necessity and fear be our driving force? No! It is out of love that we should want to serve and worship our Father. It is not so much that we ought to worship and serve and love our Father, but that we get to.
Should we observe the Supper every first day of the week? Yes. Should we give of our means? Yes. Should we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs? Yes. Should we teach and edify one another? Yes. But, the reality is that we get to. Our worship and service should not be a burden, but a joyous occasion where we corporately show our love for our Father and give thanks for what He has provided for us in the giving of His Son.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
(Heb 12:28-29 ESV)