This Do In Remembrance Of Me [Part 2]
In this modern age, time is at a premium. All kinds of pressures make it difficult to find time to get those things (Part 1) out of our Bibles. It will demand discipline in order to prepare for the breaking of bread meeting. Is it really worth it? Let us consider the motivation for worship.
The Lord’s conversation with the woman at the well (John 4) highlights one very important incentive for worship. ‘True worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him’ (Jn 4:23). What the Lord is saying is that true worship is for the satisfaction of the Father's heart. That in itself should be sufficient for us to discipline our time. We speak of lost time and leisure time, and also of making time. We must make time to prepare ourselves for worship.
Reading through Leviticus 1 it becomes apparent how much God valued the worship of His people Israel. They could bring their offering from the herd or the flocks or the birds, all was acceptable to God. Not all believers have the same appreciation of Christ but what we have, can form the substance of our worship when we come to the breaking of bread.
If true worship is for the satisfaction of the heart of God we learn from the story of the man born blind that worship flows from a revelation of Christ. The man said ‘who is he, Lord’? (Jn 9:36) The Lord’s reply ‘He that talketh with thee’ (Jn 9:37) resulted in the man worshipping Him. We have a rich store from which to draw. Both in the Tabernacle in the wilderness and in Psalms we learn of the feelings of Christ and much more as found in New Testament scripture. The factual history of the life of Christ recorded in the gospels, provides rich material to feed on in preparation for worship. It was when the Lord gave Thomas a fresh contemplation of Calvary by showing him His hands and side that He brought those immortal words ‘My Lord and my God’ (Jn 20:28). It is a good practice to read through one of the gospel records of the last week in the life of the Lord before leaving for the meeting on a Lord’s Day morning.
Eric Parmenter is in fellowship with his wife in the assembly in Ynysybwl (South Wales, UK), and has travelled all over the world teaching the Bible. He has agreed to provide us with some material suitable for Lord's Day morning devotions on an occasional basis, and we are delighted that he is helping us. We have serialised his contribution and will run it throughout the Lord's Days in January 2016.