Summary: One of the most beautiful pictures of worship found in the bible is that of a lady name Mary. Her heart of worship and her acts of worship is truly something, which we must, instilled upon our lives if we want to make the church a house of worship.
Title: Building a house fit for the King: A House of Worship
Text: Matthew 26:
7 a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it upon His head as He reclined at the table.
8 But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, "Why this waste?
9 "For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor."
10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.
11 "For the poor you have with you always; but you do not always have Me.
12 "For when she poured this perfume upon My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.
13 "Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done shall also be spoken of in memory of her."
Over the last few weeks I have been sharing with you regarding the different aspects of building a house fit for the King. This evening I would like to share with you a very important aspect and that is regarding worship.
A House fit for the King must be a house of worship. When the temple was built by King Solomon, the last thing to be set in place was worship. It was worship that ushered in the presence of the King.
One of the most beautiful pictures of worship found in the bible is that of a lady name Mary. Her heart of worship and her acts of worship is truly something, which we must, instilled upon our lives if we want to make this house a house of worship. What did she do in worship that pleased the heart of Christ?
1. She came with preparation.
- She came to Jesus.
- She did not come unprepared. She came prepared. I could imagine Mary, praying and was led by God to the jar of perfume to anoint Christ. For her to come to Christ in such manner, her thoughts must have been pre-occupied by Christ.
- In other words, does not worship God only in public. She is a daily worshipper whose heart is set on Christ.
- How often, we donâ€™t worship God through the weeks and the only time we worship God is when we gathered in church.
- As a result when we come and worship God in church we come unprepared.
2. She came with a sacrifice.
- She came with an Alabaster jar of perfume. It is very expensive costing years wage for the people of that time.
- When we come before God in worship, do with come with an act and attitude of sacrifice?
- We bring a sacrifice of praise to the house of the Lord.
- How can praise and worship be a sacrifice?
a. When we donâ€™t feel like worshipping and yet we choose to worship Him. That is a sacrifice.
How often we donâ€™t feel good and we come and just refuse to worship God?
b. When we bring our tithes and offerings into the house of the Lord. Do you know that the giving of your tithes is an act of worship?
c. When we yield to the Lord and surrender the things in our lives unto the Lord.
3. She came without distraction
- There were others that were there, but Mary was not distracted.
- She did not stop doing what she was led to do in worship out of embarrassment.
- She did not stop doing what she was led to do in worship because there were disapproval from the crowd.
a. Are you distracted by others in your midst. Are you so self conscious that you refuse to dance even though you felt that there is a need to do so.
b. You look around to see who is doing what before you will act upon it.
c. Are you distracted by the people on stage? Are you admiring the worship leader more than you admire God?
4. She came with intimacy
Mary came with intimacy towards the Lord, the breaking of the bottle signifies the breaking of her heart and the pouring out of the perfume, the out pouring of praise and worship.
- Praise and worship must come from the heart.
- When you must mean what you sing.
- Some of you stare into space, fold your arms, talking showing no respect to God.
Mary pleased the Lord’s heart and in doin so she became a legacy. God is look for worshippers who would worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Would you take on the worship posture of Mary and please the heart of our King? Would you take on such a posture and make Revival Centre Church a house of worship?