by Worship Team Leader, Alan Sanders
What is the aroma of your heart?
This very well may have been the question God asked himself in regard to the people of Jerusalem in Isaiah 29:13 in which He says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.”
In this passage, God is expressing his dismay at the lack of passionate pursuit of Him by the very people claiming Him Lord of their lives. The people of Jerusalem had, for too long, lost their yearning for God, letting the “world” and not the “Word” dictate their actions. They had allowed their hearts to turn black with decay.
Does this sound familiar? All too often we might find ourselves miles apart from God during the week, but suddenly praising and worshipping Him on Sunday mornings….just like we are expected to do. We try to say the right things, wear the right clothes, quote the right scriptures, and put on the right show.
Is this how we are supposed to express our adoration of our Creator? The answer is a resounding NO!
God longs for a communicative relationship with us every day. How do we foster that relationship when the world is pulling us in 100 directions and Satan is knocking at our door? Well, the answer is more of a journey, not a destination. We must daily pursue God by immersing ourselves in The Word, by praying without hesitation, and by living as an example of His mercy. Each day running toward God and away from the world at breakneck speed.
If we truly pursue God every day, then God will shine through our hearts and in our lives in all we do regardless of which day of the week it is. Sunday morning then becomes the pinnacle of an entire week filled with worship of The Lord. A time in which we can gather cooperatively and praise Him with overwhelming joy for all that He is.
After all, what goes in you is gonna come out of you. Fill your heart, soul, and mind daily with His spiritual food and watch the aroma of your heart change from sour to sweet.