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Worship:
In Spirit
-- A Pure Allegiance
The singular allegiance in order to worship God acceptably that one must
have must be a pure allegiance. A lawyer of the Pharisees came to Jesus one
time

… asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great
commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the
first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:35-38 KJV)

Luke records a similar event with a slight change in the wording:
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy
neighbour as thyself. (Luke 10:27 KJV)

From both of these statements it is clear that the love with which we love God
is to be an all consuming love. We are to love God with all of our emotional
being, with all our spiritual being, with all our intellectual being, and with all
that we have. The love of God must permeate our entire existence.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew him not. (1 John 3:1 KJV)

God’s love is a pure love. Even while we were yet sinners, alienated from our
Creator by our sins, He loved us. His love is a sacrificial love.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John
3:16 KJV)

Our Father in heaven has extended to sinful man the ability to become His
sons. A love which will sacrifice even the only begotten Child is a love beyond
bounds.

But, this great love is not only limited to the Father. Jesus willingly died on the
cross.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends. (John 15:13 KJV)

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man
some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7-8 KJV)

As the apostle John writes of our love for God:

We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 KJV)

With the great love that God has shown to us, how can we help but love Him?
Appreciation for gifts from friends and acquaintances cause fondness to grow
in the heart, when those gifts are but passing moments here on the earth.
When those gifts are expressions of the heart, the emotions are raised to a
greater degree. When those gifts represent a sacrifice, especially a great
sacrifice, the heart melts within us and it is a genuine feeling of love that
swells within our breast. If these emotions find themselves as natural
reactions to the gifts of those here on the earth, how much more should love
find its way into our minds, hearts, and very souls when we think of God. Daily
He provides us with the sustenance of life – air, warmth, food, shelter.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from
the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
(James 1:17 KJV)

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto
life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory
and virtue: {to: or, by} Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and
precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:3-4
KJV)

With so many, and so great gifts given to us, “We love him, because he first
loved us.”

The love with which we love God must exceed the love which we have for any
other her upon the face of the earth. Jesus said,

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that
loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:37 KJV)
Even the ties which we have with our families cannot be greater than that
which we have toward God. We must love God more than we do our husband,
wife, or any members of our family.

If our worship is to come out of a pure allegiance to God, out of love for Him,
we could not close our discussion without looking at the chapter of love, 1
Corinthians 13. Here the apostle shows the importance of an all consuming
love.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I
am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift
of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I
have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am
nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give
my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity
suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is
not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not
easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the
truth; {in the truth: or, with the truth} Beareth all things, believeth all things,
hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there
be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease;
whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 KJV)
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is
charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV)

It makes no difference what we do, if our heart is not full of love. It is
meaningless.

That is true of worship. We can go though all the right motions, do all the right
acts; but, if we fail to do them out of love, they are meaningless – our worship
is vain and empty. For true worship to take place, it must begin with a pure
adoration – love – of God.



Worship: In Spirit
Worship: In Spirit -- A Singular Allegiance
Worship: In Spirit -- A Practical Allegiance
Worship: In Spirit -- Understanding