Abraham: An example of a true worshiper – Part 8
Jesus defined for the woman of Samaria who a true worshiper is. Sincerity and truth, He said, are two key ingredients of a worshiper. Jesus said God is seeking for such kind of worshipers.
Abraham was one of the greatest worshipers of God of all times. He demonstrated unique qualities we all need to emulate in worship. You may be a churchgoer, but not a true worshiper. You may be in the Choir, but not be a true worshiper. You may be a pastor, and not be a true worshiper. You may be a singer, but not a true worshiper.
He worshiped in obedience. When God asked him to go to Moriah and sacrifice his only son, he obeyed and went. By his obedience, he placed God first before himself. Worship is not about us; it is all about God. It is about satisfying God before anything else. Some of us worship God due to what we get, but Abraham worshiped God out of love and obedience.
Abraham made the obedience of God a priority. “So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son…” Once God spoke to him, he obeyed. He did not even consult his wife, Sarah, who most probably would have stopped him from going ahead with his plans. He rose early to obey God.
He worshiped God with what he loved most. “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Abraham loved God more that his son. That is true worship. If a thing matters to you more than God, then you are not a true worshiper. He loved Isaac but loved God more.
He worshiped God with his best, his only son. He did not hold back his best from God. He gave all to God. He was willing to sacrifice his best. If you withhold your best from God, then you cannot go far with Him. If you withhold your best from God, then you are not ready to get something better than what you have.
He worshiped God without distraction. “And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad [a] and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”He dropped his two servants to go to Moriah, with Isaac alone. His two servants would have dissuaded him from sacrificing Isaac.
Abraham teaches us that worship requires faith. Isaac said to him, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So, the two of them went together. There is a supernatural provision in the place of worship. When we worship God, He provides what we don’t have.
Abraham got the reward of a worshipper. God blessed him and said, “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
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