Is My Offering Acceptable?

The conductor Leonard Bernstein was once asked, “What is the most difficult instrument to play?”

“Second violin,” he replied, “Because everyone wants to be first violinist….It’s hard to find someone who wants to play second violin and to do so with the same enthusiasm. But without the second violin, there is no harmony.”

“The Unquenchable Worshipper” by Matt Redman

It’s amazing how God will speak to you through the books you are reading. Then He reiterated His point when I read a cross-reference to Psalms 141:3.

James 1:26, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” New International Version 

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“Religious. Refers to the outward acts of religion: e.g., giving to the needy, fasting and public acts of praying and worshiping.” New International Version Study Bible Notes

Some days, I wake up and say to myself, “I am not going to talk at all!” But that is not the way to handle the tongue either. There is a time to speak. It is probably not as often as I think it is. Do I negate my offering of worship with a loose tongue?

  • “God…has a very different way of looking at things….He’s concerned with what’s going on backstage….God goes straight to the heart….is interested in the hidden and the private.
  • God first seeks devotion to Him in the hidden place – worship when no one is watching.
  • How much do we throw ourselves into worship at church when we’re not leading, or…when someone else is leading worship in a style not quite to our taste?
  • And what’s going on in our minds?”

“The Unquenchable Worshipper” by Matt Redman

Playing in the worship band is an offering I give to the Lord. Does He receive my offering?

Malachi 2:13, “This is the second thing you do: You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and crying out, because He no longer regards the offering, nor receives it with good will from your hand.” Modern English Version

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