When God Says, "Stop Worshiping Me!"

When God Says, “Stop Worshiping Me!”

The Bible issues strong warning about worshiping God in a casual or complacent manner. Yet, churches are full of people simply going thru the motions. What’s up?

In the Old Testament book of Malachi, God confronts people for coming to worship Him in a casual and flippant manner. In the book of Isaiah, chapter 1, God says, “Don’t continue bringing me worthless sacrifices! I hate the incense you burn. I can’t stand your New Moons, Sabbaths, and other feast days; I can’t stand the evil you do in your holy meetings” (1:13).

In other words, there are times when God says, “Stop worshiping Me.” But why would He say such a thing? Because simply going through the motions of attending a worship service is an insult to God. It would be better to stay away and get right with Him first. God is not simply looking for well attended worship services, He’s looking for true heartfelt worship. God is looking for those who are eager to seek Him with all their hearts. To walk into a worship service in a casual or flippant manner is an offense to God. To walk in with no real urgency to worship Him is a precarious thing indeed.

This is a reminder that God is a lot fussier about worship than most of us imagine. If you have any doubts about this, check out what God did to two sinful priests who got careless in Leviticus 10. God’s glory is at stake. In fact, God’s foremost desire is for His own glory. As John Piper is fond of saying, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” May this challenge us to be more careful and cautious about causal worship for our God.