Today is Sunday; a day of worship for Christians. Many Christians will attend worship at a local church. As Christians, we should worship. But, is worship all that we are supposed to do?
In Isaiah 1, the Lord is speaking to the people of Israel. He talks about the many festivals they have. He talks about the offerings they make. Israel had a very elaborate worship system that included festivals and sacrifices. But, all of this had become meaningless. Israel was doing of all of this but it wasn’t changing how they lived.
So, He tells them, “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.”
God is telling Israel, “Don’t just go to worship and not live for me.” “Don’t make a lot of sacrifices and then, mis-treat your fellow man.”
The Lord says, “Learn to do good….Seek justice…Help those who are oppressed….”
“Learn to do good…”. Israel probably felt they were doing good offering sacrifices to the Lord. But God says that wasn’t good. Doing good is something that grows out of Christ-like behavior.
Is it good to judge someone? No!
Is it good to hate our fellow-man? No!
Is it good to criticize someone just because they don’t share our views? No!
God also says, “Seek justice..”
This means to do good to all men…not just those with connections. Everyone! Think about this….are our actions toward our fellow-man just?
In summary, God is telling Israel, instead of just going to church and putting a bumper-sticker on your car that says you are a Christian, treat your fellow man with kindness
“Learn to do good….seek justice…. help the oppressed…defend the cause of orphans…help the widows.”
This is all about putting our Christianity into practice. So while worship is important, if your worship doesn’t lead you to help your fellow-man, it’s not much worship. We worship a Holy God who wants us to love our fellow man.
I John 4:20 says, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
Let’s remember that verse as we worship.