Have we become dependant on others to worship? How do we react when the doors to where we once gathered are closed?
“Why doesn’t one of you just shut the Temple doors and lock them? Then none of you can get in and play at religion with this silly, empty-headed worship. I am not pleased. The God -of-the-Angel-Armies is not pleased. And I don’t want any more of this so-called worship!
Malachi 1:10 (MSG)
God had had enough of these priests offering up blind, sick and crippled animals that they wanted to get rid of.
They were playing the game of ‘religion’ but not giving God what He asked: blemish free animals. Their worship was a farce; a mockery.
It is better to shut the temple doors than to practice religion and half hearted, works based worship.
What God is after is pure and sincere worship. The type that presses in even when no one is watching. God is longing for His remnant to draw near to Him.
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. Matthew 6:6 (MSG)