The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Most people don’t understand that our worship affects others. Many people choose a church for what they can get from a church service. By definition, worship is “the reverent love and devotion accorded to God or the ceremonies, prayers or other religious forms by which this love is expressed.”[1] So, by definition, worship is what you give to God, not what you take for yourself.

Unfortunately, we live in a consumer culture that has infiltrated the church. We are to give a sacrifice of praise in a worship service. Hebrews 13:Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.[2] Our sacrifice is to put God’s will before our own will.

The Worship of Simeon and Anna Affected Others

The regular Temple goers would have known Simeon and Anna. We see their praise affecting those around them. First, Simeon is there because the Holy Spirit told him to be there. Then the Christ child is revealed as the Messiah. Simeon erupts in praise and prophecy for the baby Jesus. Secondly, Anna overhears and multiplies the worship. Mary and Joseph are amazed at the words spoken over baby Jesus.

Luke 2: 38 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.[3] Scripture does not record Anna’s words but tells us that she told others the good news. This likely resulted in even more praise and worship.

Others are Watching Your Worship

If you are a parent, your children are watching your attitude toward worship. Even if you give lip service to the importance of attending church and daily worship, your children will copy what you do and not what you say. Your neighbors are watching how you live your life. Do you claim to love Jesus but act in a hateful manner? Again, your deeds speak more loudly than your words.

Weekly worship services are essential. Hebrews 10: 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.[4] In addition, daily worship through Godly living will encourage others to acts of love and good works. Our worship affects others just as Simeon and Anna’s worship did. In what way does God desire you to worship in this new year?

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[1] The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

[2-4] Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. 

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