Worship as a
Lifestyle
THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY DO

After asking Father God to forgive, Jesus made an intriguing
statement:  "They do not know what they do." (Luke 23:34)  Sin
had veiled man's understanding of just who was being crucified.  
Some, like the Pharisees, consciously closed their eyes.  Others
had their vision blocked by the cares of life.  "They did not know
what they were doing", when they turned their back on the
Saviour.

This does not absolve anyone of waywardness.  No one is without
fault.  We have all chosen our own way (Isaiah 53:6).  Paul the
Apostle wrote, "that which is know about God is evident within
them; God made it evident to them.  For since the creation of the
world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine
nature have been clearly seen being understood through what has
been made so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:19,20).  
Later, Paul says, "they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and
worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who
is blessed
forever" (Romans 1:25).

So, what is it that "they do not know"?  They do not know that
true spirituality and righteousness is the result of appropriate
relationship with God.  Human beings can do a lot on their own.  
God said his creation of man was "good" (Genesis 1:26-31).  But,
we cannot fulfill our true glory, our true purpose, our true
potential, until we connect with the person of God himself.  This is
the first act of true worship and the basis of all acts of worship
thereafter.

Every act of sin can be traced back to a decision not to recognize
who God is and respond appropriately.  Repentance can be
defined as changing what we believe about God, resulting in a
lifestyle of worship. Jesus Christ is "the image of the invisible
God" (Colossians 1:15).  Just looking at the example of his life
on earth, we know that God is
love.  We know God is just and
kind.  We know that he heals, forgives, and restores.  We know
that, without him, mankind has no
hope.  Because of his very
person, we have all the motivation we need to worship him.

Recently, I heard that a young man tried to take his own life by
setting himself on fire.  Sadly, he did not know what he was doing.
 In taking such an extreme step, he did not see that a loving,
caring God was within his reach.  He chose to let the cares of life
blind his vision of the most magnificent being, God Almighty, for
Jesus said, "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God,
believe also in Me." (John 14:1)

Some glorious day, all of humanity will literally see Jesus Christ
on the throne.  There will be others who will say, "we did not
know what we did".  But, there will also be people who will have
believed who God really is and, as a result, lived a lifestyle of
worship.  They will rejoice with inexpressible joy.
                                 
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