#17 Offering worthless gifts to God. This action is incorrect.
Anyone who gives sacrificial offerings to God without the best intentions are worshipping unacceptable. You need to understand that God is omniscient: for He knows and sees all things. You can never fool God! Let’s read a few bible stories so you get this point:
Playing at being religious is a worthless gift. Being or doing godly things does not suggest true worship. Only a cheerful heart according to John 4:24 will display the spirit of truth and give fine adoration towards the name of the Lord. Malachi 1:10-12 tells us how God feels about the opposite of this incorrect worship action: “10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts. 12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.”
God will never receive empty-headed vain worshipping evil person so-called worship. You know how it feels to receive worthless gifts – hand-me-down, broken, or useless. What is the sense of this kind of offering? I wouldn’t want that gift either. When you do, you are wrong my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. All fake and phony counterfeit worship is by those who call themselves “Christians.” True worshippers of God will offer a genuine offering in spirit and truth with no need to be titled “Chrisitan.” A True Follower of Jesus Christ will want to worship God by offering acceptable gifts. If you don’t believe me let’s read another story from Genesis 4:3-7, “3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had no respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”
God has given us the knowledge of worship through the conversation with Cain. We must resist sin to distract us from God. Our sacrifice of love and obedience pleases God; it is the essence that gets us to do well as our worship is presented. True worship is the opposite of sin. Walk in the light of controlling your flesh; for God told us to “rule over him.”
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (Jame 1:17).” In order words, God is the same. He doesn’t change like the light of shadows. If He told Cain to do well in his offering, we should do well in our offerings today. Find out the basic knowledge of God’s expectations from this website: free praise and worship bible study to learn what pleases God most. Worship is the most important lesson to learn in this life. After learning about worship, never offer worthless gifts offering again.
What have you decided today to give from your worship? Always remember that God’s glory is not to be played with.