“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person.
Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” Matthew 5:23-24
Our relationship must be right with
our brothers and sisters before we
can worship God as we should. If
you are in church, in the middle of a service of worship, and suddenly
remember that your brother or sister has a grievance against you, leave church at once and put it right. Do not wait till the service has ended.
Seek them out and seek their
forgiveness. First go, then come. First go and be reconciled to your brother or sister and then come and offer your worship to God. If we have a conflict with someone, we must get that right before we attempt to worship or give service to God. Many
people try to suppress the guilt of
their sin by an outward act that they hope will please God.
“I hate all your show and pretense—
the hypocrisy of your religious
festivals and solemn assemblies. I
will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.” (Amos 5:21-24)
This is what God is trying to tell us today, God wants to see action. He is sick of all of our pretense. God wants our hearts right with Him and right with our brothers and sisters.
Jesus was trying to teach the
Pharisees the lesson of the prophets.
He sent them more than once to the
words of Hosea.
“Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have
come to call not those who think
they are righteous, but those who
know they are sinners.” (Matthew
We need to realize we are
sinners saved by grace and we are
no better than anyone else.
“You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you
desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:16-17)
This is the only way to true worship!