Luke 7:36-36 - One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. 37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!” 40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.” “Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied. 41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. 42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” 43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said. 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. 47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” 48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?” 50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
I. What is worship
A. Simply, Homage rendered to God, to utter or prove His worth in some external way.
- Praise- songs and prayer and testimony
B. In Spirit and in truth.
John 4:23-24 23 - But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
- Those of us who are Christians have the spirit that’s no the problem.
Eph 1:13 - And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.
What does it mean to worship God in Truth? Let’s go back to the text.
II. What did both women do?
A. They poured it out.
1. Once out it could not be put back.
2. Once poured out it was wasted, once on the ground it was useless. It was done with no purpose other than worship. It wasn’t used in a practical, sensible, and reasonable way.
3. They gave in a way that left nothing for the giver.
- They wiped His feet with their hair. Hair was their glory (their accomplishments, intelligence, abilities, their worth).
B. In our worship today we have a problem.
- God demands worship.
C. We created a subculture of worship. We worship Him for what we get out of it. There is no fulfillment in that.
- It makes me feel good; It makes me look good; I’m paying my dues.
- Ministry becomes an attempt to buy His good graces so He will do what we want in our lives.
- Ultimately our worship has become a way of trying to influence God for our profit.
D. Recognize the truth of your motivation.
Isaiah 64:6 - All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
- Be honest to God about it, He knows. He is trying to lure you in. He wants to bless you. He wants to bless you with the reality of Himself.
- Choose to give Him worship without seeking anything back from Him. Ask his help to do so.
III. Why does a Holy God want us to worship Him when our motivation is wrong most of the time.
A. We are all struggling to make God relevant in our lives.
- We need the reversal of relevance. It is not God who needs to be relevant to us. God beckons us to worship so we can be relevant to him. Worship can call us beyond our need to what God is calling us toward. Our eternal destiny as his chosen person.
B. In the process of being worshiped God communicates His presence to men…
- We experience His presence in worship and He becomes a reality in our lives.
C. Worshiping God is the great essential of fulfillment
- He encourages us to worship in 1. Prayer 2. Praise- songs and prayer and testimony, 3. Giving 4. Ministry... So we can come to grips with who we really are. What is motivating us by revealing His presence to us.
D. I need to say something here about giving.
Malachi 3:6-10 - “I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. 7 Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’ 8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
- We are a culture like this one that is prosperous and everything is about money.
- We love with money, Christmas, engagement ring, our culture proves its love with money
Mark 12:30-31 - And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
- How would an American love God with everything he has? His money.
- Do you give a tithe regularly? Do you give an offering? Maybe in other cultures, it's different but here it’s about money.
- Now, this is where I should say God is an out giver. That’s what this series is all about. God filling us up with purpose and blessing. The give and the take.
- I don’t want to manipulate anybody. God wants you to release your grip so He can give you more--I believe that. But what He really wants is you to prove He’s worth it with what we love the most so He can reveal Himself, and fill you up with Himself. Not the thing, the King.
IV. This isn’t just here, it will be this way in heaven.
The elders in Revelation...
Revelation 4:10 - 10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, 11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”
- Falling down / submission
- Throwing the crown / Christ alone should be glorified
They took their own glory off and placed it at His feet.
You must Worship to be relevant to God. You must worship for God to be REAL to you. You must take off your own glory and recognition and place it at his feet. And you must worship with no expectation of reward.
I want to encourage you. Worship is exciting because Jesus and the power that raised Him from the dead will show up in your life. He will fill you up.