Worship with heart, not setting

June 28, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Brent and Cindy Van Andel, along with Luke Society Executive Director, Dr. Wrede Vogel, worship at this church in Borandu, Benin.

(Editor’s note: Cindy Van Andel and her husband, Brent, are on a Partnership Ministry Team to N’Dali, Benin. Cindy is family medicine physician at Española Medical Clinic in Española, N.M., and is also a member of the Luke Society Board of Directors.)

Worship with heart, not setting

By Cindy Van Andel

Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.”

Acts 17:24: “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”

Over the years we’ve been able to worship in many different churches.

Sometimes we’ve attended services in beautiful old stone buildings with ornate stained windows and carved pews and relics many centuries old. We’ve worshipped in school gyms that have folding chairs set up for the service on Sunday. We’ve gone to services that were in Spanish, another that was in Tongan, and some that were in Fulani.

The purpose of all of these gatherings is the same: to worship the one true God, giving him glory and honor, learning more about Him and how He wants to use us, to be strengthened by the fellowship of other believers.

The important issue is not the physical structure; God is bigger and more beautiful than anything we could build. God does not need our most fancy buildings to bolster his strength, nor is his omnipotence diminished by our worshipping him in the most humble and simple structures.

The Bible tells us, in fact, that God’s goal is not to have a fancy building dedicated to him, but “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17.

We should each of us strive to be a holy temple for our great God to live in, to live our lives in such a way that God is glorified and His beauty seen.


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