Does God Care?

Submitted April 23, 2013


Does God Care?

Source: Sherrie Giddens

How do you show love and honor to someone special in your life? Do you take them out to dinner, buy them a gift, or treat them to a day out on the town?

If you wanted to give someone a gift of love, how would you go about it? Would you take someone who hates roller coasters on a roller coaster ride? Would you bake someone a chocolate cake if they were allergic to chocolate? Would you write them a check for a million dollars, knowing you only had 10 dollars in your bank account?

You would not be showing love or honor by doing any of these things. Why? Showing love and honor begins with understanding what someone wants and what they would appreciate.

Many people put more time and effort into learning how to love and honor their family and friends than they do in loving and honoring God. I have been told numerous times that how we worship God does not matter, it is what is in our hearts that matters. If we love Him, He accepts all of our gifts.

What does He say about this?

In Deuteronomy 12: 29-31, God states plainly that He finds the thought of being worshipped in any way resembling the worship of idols, repulsive.

“When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods."

History has proven that many of today's worship practices associated with Christmas, Easter,and Sunday have come from pagan worship. Yet there are those who still believe that it doesn't matter to God. They would rather choose these days over God's Holy Days because everyone else is doing it.

God has set out a plan of salvation that is represented by His Sabbath and Holy Days, the days of worship that He put into practice. They have meaning and are full of His love. By choosing to worship on days that He did not set aside, what are you saying to Him? Are you really putting Him first in your life? Are you denying yourself a deeper understanding of who He is and His plan for all mankind? When God says He hates something do we make excuses as to why we should be able to continue in a particular practice?

Have you taken the time to learn about the way God wants to be worshipped? Did you know that even after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ the Church continued to keep the Sabbath and the Holy Days? Did you know that in the book of Revelation we learn, that after the return of Jesus Christ, God will again teach people about these days and what they mean?

Understanding how to worship God as He describes in the Bible is the first step to understanding His love for you and showing your love for Him. It is not easy to go against what "everyone else is doing." However, when it comes to worshipping God, He does care. Doing it His way can bring about a relationship with Him based on His way of life and what He wants for you. If you really want to worship Him, give Him the gift of worship that He desires.



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rosepetasare41

rosepetasare41's picture

Can you specify how to worship GOD correctly?




richa ferguson

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Very well said, Sherrie!




Ivan Veller

Ivan Veller's picture

Dear Rose,

"True worship of God involves nothing short of the inward transformation of the human heart by faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice and having Christ live in us through the Holy Spirit to help us obey...God is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit, from a converted and transformed heart": http://www.ucg.org/booklet/sunset-sunset-gods-sabbath-rest/gods-sabbath-...

Christ "did not come to abolish or weaken God's commands (Matthew:5:17). He came to 'exalt the law and make it honorable' (Isaiah:42:21)": http://www.ucg.org/booklet/holidays-or-holy-days-does-it-matter-which-da...

“In the New Covenant God writes the law in the minds and hearts of His people (Hebrews:8:10; Jeremiah:31:33-34)…The International Critical Commentary, in reference to Romans:8:4, says: ‘God's purpose in 'condemning' sin was that His law's requirement might be fulfilled in us, that is, that his law might be established in the sense of at last being truly and sincerely obeyed—the fulfillment of the promises of Jer:31:33 and Ezek:36:26.1.’…Jer[.] 31:33-34…‘…the new thing promised in v. 33 is…a sincere inward desire and determination on the part of God's people to obey the law’”: http://www.ucg.org/booklet/ten-commandments/ten-commandments-new-testame...

"[W]e must ask God for help, through His Spirit, so we can bring our thoughts, attitudes and actions in line with His. We must allow His Spirit to become the guiding force in our lives to produce the qualities of true Christianity": http://www.ucg.org/booklet/transforming-your-life-process-conversion/hol...

“As Paul writes, each of us must ‘labor, striving according to His working which works in [us] mightily’ (Colossians:1:29). Only this will produce ongoing obedience to God's commandments in the full spirit and intent”: http://www.ucg.org/booklet/you-can-have-living-faith/how-faith-empowers-...

“[E]verything God has revealed to us through His law has one central aim— to teach us to love as He loves. According to the law, that love is focused in two distinct directions: first toward God, and then toward our fellow human beings, all of whom are created in God's image”: http://www.ucg.org/booklet/new-covenant-does-it-abolish-gods-law/new-cov...




tfkcd18

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Thank you for this article. I plan to print it off for all my well meaning (Xmas, Easter and Sunday sabbath honors God) Christian family members and friends. How is it that we feel justified mixing good and evil and think God accepts it?!? Thanks again.




gauvinj

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Dear rosepetasare41,

How does one worship God? By studying, learning and obeying His word, the Holy Bible. This will include learning who God is, who Jesus is and what they expect from us. It is a life time dedication and way of life.



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