And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. ~ Rev. 11:1-2
I don’t really know all of what this verse means, but I do know that it tells us that the Spirit of God is measuring worshipers. He is looking for those whose treasure is in Heaven and who abide in the “inner court” of God’s temple.
Consider: in our world of terror, pressures, trauma, our only refuge exists in the living presence of God. We must not accept a religion where we only know about God and assume it is the same as living in the presence of God. If we are to truly dwell in the Presence of the Lord, we must become true worshipers of God.
Jesus taught that “true worshipers” are those who worship “the Father in spirit and truth.” In other words, their worship to God flows freely regardless of difficult situations or challenging conditions or even good times…they still worship. The Bible says, in John 4:23 that “the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
God is seeking worshippers. In fact, God’s first priority isn’t for us to be miracle workers or great preachers and teachers or singers. What does He seek? He is seeking worshipers. If we focus on being true worshipers, everything else will fall into place; the miracles will follow.
If we focus on making our worship true, whatever ministry we do and whatever Words we say will be anointed, and our walk with God will be true. If we bow in worship before studying God’s Word, His Word will sink deeper into our soul; our fruit will be abundant and enduring. If before we open our mouths in prayer, we spend time honoring God in worship, our intercession will reach Heaven and our trust and faith will GROW! Jesus told us to begin our prayer with worship. “Pray, this way,” He said: “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name” (Matt. 6:1). You see, before we even lift our voice in prayer, He instructs us to bow our hearts in worship.
True worship rescues us from the mundane and the routine; it takes our minds off ourselves and burrows us into the depths of God.
Indeed, whether the outward form of our worship is expressed with tears of joy or in silent awe, worship unites us with love to the heart of God.
The Story of True Worshippers
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. ~ Matthew 2:11
We know them as the Wise Men. Some call them by other names: Kings, Visitors, Travelers, Magi. But rarely do we hear them called Worshipers.
We don’t have a lot of details about these Travelers from afar, yet their story is a part of the story of Jesus birth and recorded in the pages of the Bible. The Wise men were compelled to seek for this one “that is born King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2) so they could worship Him. With each step, they made a choice to continue a journey estimated to be around 1,000 miles and likely took at least 25-30 days.
These men were diligent and eventually reached Jesus. When they arrived, they didn’t begin by asking lots of questions or telling about themselves. No, first they bowed down to worship. The Wise Men recognized Jesus’ majesty, and before they gave earthly gifts, they offered Him their greatest treasure – their worship.
How often do we worship Jesus just because He is Jesus? The truth is sometimes I’m guilty of selfish worship. Rather than glorifying God for who He is, I quickly sing a song of praise and then begin my list of what He can do for me. But here we have these Wise Men…these travelers, who sacrificed much. Unlike them, my worship too often costs me nothing.
Right now, as we head right into this Christmas season where we will celebrate and remember Jesus’ birth, let us follow the example of these Wise Men and pay the price to get ourselves into God’s presence so that we too can offer our greatest treasure. Then let us choose to worship the King with all that we are…holding nothing back.
Lord, come into my life and fulfill Your promise of transformation. Create praise on my lips, and help me to worship You in spirit and in truth.