To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
July/August 2016 Issue – Seek Me and Live, ‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
Amos 4:6-7 (NIVUK): “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.”
As Selwyn mentions, God objects to worship activities that do not reflect His holiness.
Jesus sees the state of our heart and He is seeking worship from His children which has as its foundation – love, mercy and justice.
The quote used by Selwyn is a good summary: ‘God rejects worship which is an empty show, unmatched by sincere love for Him and faithfulness to His will.’
It’s for our own benefit that Jesus draws our attention to the state of our heart when we approach His throne.
These verses from 1Corinthians 11:27-32, cover the same issue, regarding God’s judgment: “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.
For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and ill, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment.
Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.”
Jesus wants us to be honest in all that we do – in His Name.
(My health is still not good, but I’m determined to continue to post, on my better days, God willing.)