“We saw His star when it rose in the east and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2
When I read this scripture I pictured the Magi setting up their band to sing songs to Jesus. Or, maybe, they brought their pews and hymnals to worship Jesus in a more dignified manner. Perhaps they saddled up their own choir or a prepared a nice litany to read to Him.
Sometimes we think that worship is about stuff: certain types of music or words or preaching or actions. We may even believe that others are paid to worship for us, you know, “religious” people who we expect to pray, read the Bible, and talk to God for us; people who are gifted to play music or speak.
But worship is really all about focus. After all, what we focus on is what we worship; whether it is God, ourselves, our jobs, other people, our stuff, television, sports… whatever. Our focus is a matter of the heart because whatever is important to us is deeply engrained in our hearts and comes out of our hearts.
The Wise Men fell down on their faces before Jesus and then gave Him gifts worthy of a Savior King. Falling prostrate before God is the standard response to being in God’s presence throughout the Bible. In fact, the word “worship” in the Greek comes from terms meaning to kiss, like a dog licking its master’s hand. Sort of puts it all in perspective, doesn’t it?
I have seen and experienced a lot of different things in “worship” as we gather together each week. I haven’t seen much falling on our faces in gratitude before Jesus: the living God, Savior, and King. Maybe our focus is off. Maybe we are way too distracted. Maybe we forgot who Jesus really is and what He has done for us. All I know is that everything worthwhile in the Kingdom starts and ends here, in true heart-worship of Jesus. Everything else is just camel dung.
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him…” Philippians 3:7-9
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23