“Buy the truth, Don’t Sell it!…” (Proverbs 23:23)
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The first time that I bought a brand new ___________ with my own money was a a real milestone in my life. It made me feel _________!!
For me it was a new car and it made me feel like I was the king of my destiny. I loved to drive it around and show it off to my friends and family. I couldn’t stand to have it stay dirty, so I washed and waxed it every weekend that the weather permitted…and of course, it was always upsetting to find a chip or scratch in the paint.
I diligently read the owner’s manual in order to learn every feature. When I discovered something new, I had to describe its value to somebody else. It was a good car and it gave me a lot of trouble free miles. I spent a lot of time with that car so the day that I sold it was kind of a sad day for me. However, it’s value to me was much less as the mileage increased. Nevertheless the young man that I sold it to saw its value to himself and that was satisfying for me.
Like that car, truth is a valuable commodity. Unlike that car, there is no reason to sell the truth because it has a lasting value. When we find truth, it generates a response in us that is equal to its perceived value. Often that response is to want to learn all that we can about it. We then want to share that truth with others and lavish care on it so that it is not corrupted.
When we find truth that is timeless and eternal it generates a greater response of worship in us. However, If we aren’t careful, we can mistake what is temporary truth for what is eternal truth. Physical objects can become objects of worship. It is so easy for us to fall in love with the gift and forget the giver.
Before I purchased that shiny new car that I had researched and test drove and read about and test drove some more…I kept praying for the Lord’s mind about it because it seemed like such an extravagance to me. I had been saved a few years earlier and I wanted to take care that a new car didn’t become a new object of worship for me.
I agonized for weeks about that purchase until In my daily scripture reading I came across the Lord’s words to the children of Israel delivered through Joshua in Deuteronomy chapter 11:
“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 KJV
The application that I took from that was that I needed to use that vehicle to get me to where I could meet with with and be an encouragement to the Lord’s people. If I fell in love with that gift and used it for myself alone, while ignoring the giver and neglected to use the car to bless others, then it would no longer be a blessing to me and would end up being a curse. God was faithful.
The idea of worship is to declare the worth of someone or something. Some have coined the term ‘worth-ship’ to describe what worship is.
Worship is a Response to Truth…
In our consideration of Mary Magdalene’s response to Jesus at the empty tomb (John 20:14), we have looked at her reasons to wonder and her reasons to weep. In this post, we will look at her reason to worship.
What was the truth that Mary responded to? This was a private interaction with the risen Jesus who still bore the wounds that He received at Calvary. The salvation that God gives is not the result of initiation into a group, but it is a very personal relationship with the Lord who has not only paid for my sins through His horrible death, but also is risen from among the dead to give me newness of life.
“Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
Mary rejoiced that Jesus is Risen! Moreover, those wounds were for her…He is risen for her! This blessed truth not only proves that Jesus is God, but that God has a personal interest in her. What a change that this brought to Mary’s life! She was delivered from demonic possession but now she had an eternal relationship with her God.
What truth must our worship be in response to?…Jesus died and is Risen for me! What a change that this brings to each believer. Not only are we no longer under satan’s bondage, but we have God’s Holy Spirit to mark us as God’s own personal possession.
“In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV
What other truth(s) gives us a reason to worship?
- You and I are saved by grace and our salvation does not depend on us in any way.
- Jesus is ascended and is now our Great High Priest interceding for us on the Father’s throne.
- Jesus is coming again as King of kings and Lord of lords to receive us unto Himself.
- Jesus future reign on this earth will fill it with the knowledge of the Lord, with righteousness and fill it with praise to our God.
Is that not a reason to worship?
You may wonder and weep about how that huge stone of sin in your life can be removed…
You may wonder and weep about how you can get past the barriers to faith in the Lord Jesus that the world has put up…
You may wonder and weep about why God has allowed the circumstances of your life to be what they are…
You may wonder and weep if the Lord can really accept you as you are with all of your sins…
A look at the experience of Mary Magdalene shows us that just as He revealed Himself to her, He longs to reveal Himself to you dear friend. Just as Mary Magdalene had a reason to wonder and weep about her life’s experiences, she had a reason to worship when the Risen Lord called her by name.
In the same way the Risen Lord is calling you…by name. Hear Him while it is day for the night comes when there will be no more opportunity and the day of grace will be over.
“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)”
2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV
Only by giving up your efforts to save yourself will you have a reason to worship. For many years, my idea of worship was dependent upon my efforts to contribute to my salvation. This was false, idolatrous worship. If I had died with that delusion, I would have been as those who say, “Lord, Lord,…”and the Lord would say, “I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:22,23)
Wouldn’t it be so much better to hear Him calling your name now than to hear I never knew you?
That is a truth as valuable as your everlasting soul.
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