Pressure’s Off; God Serves You
We are the ones who must arrange our weekend plans accordingly. It’s up to us to slap a reserved sign on Sunday morning’s calendar. Once we arrive at 1011 E. Midway Rd., we are active doers, worshipers. But if we see worship primarily as a task we do, then no wonder it can be tough to be faithful in coming joyfully, regularly. Why?
Because in reality there are a lot of things I do and should do. I should exercise more. I should get the basement cleaned up. I should stay in better touch with my relatives. I should have coffee with my friend. I should read that book I got for Christmas. I should have snuggles and downtime with my littles. And the list of things I should do is long and never-ending. I’m busy. And when people are busy we don’t get all the things done on our “to do” list.
But what if I told you that worship was primarily a divine service? What if we approached the holy hour(s) in that holy Midway Rd. house of God knowing that in that hour God comes and serves us for our benefit and blessing? Look, Moses gives us two encouragements to worship, and they are both things God has done for us. He created us and he redeemed us.
“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:11
God, who rested after the work of creation, wants to give us spiritual rest, too (See Heb. 4:10). That rest comes to us in Jesus Christ and his Word and sacraments. What a divine service!
“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.” Deuteronomy 5:15
God who redeemed his people from the hand of their enemies invites them to celebrate that redemption in a day of divine rest given them by him. Our enemies today are not Egypt, but the slave masters of sin, death, the devil, and even our own sinful natures.
Yes, we are doers in worship. But God is the main doer. Continue to worship him, not pressured by something you need to do, but blessed by what he’s done for you. Come and hear how he creates you anew in his image by forgiving your sins. Come and hear your redemption’s story told in Scripture, in sermon, in sacrament, in song.
God says, “Come to me, weary and burdened, and I will give you rest, child. Let me serve you. I love you.”
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