If I am to meet God at church, I must prepare my heart and I must give glory to God. In giving glory to God, I must come to Him in humility. From Acts 4, I also learn that in giving glory to God, I must come to Him in honesty.
Imagine how thankful the Jerusalem church was to have her two main pastors freed from jail and cleared of all charges! We have so much for which to be thankful. This is why I love today’s verse. We must remember that everything we are, everything we own, everything we can do is a gift from God.
I give glory to God by coming to Him in humility and honesty. But I also come to give Him honor. The main Greek word for “worship” in the New Testament is proskuneo [pros-koo-neh’-o] which literally means “to kiss.” It is a word picture of a dog licking its master’s hand.
Like the sinful woman in Simon the Pharisee’s house, we do not experience the power of God by showing Him how beautiful, how intelligent or how successful we are. We experience His power by humbly bowing to kiss His feet in worship.
This is a pronounced problem for most churches. Our attitude is often characterized by these questions, “What will the church do for me today?” “Will the choir songs please me today?” “Will the message make me feel encouraged today?” “Will I get recognized for serving in my ministry today?” “Will so-and-so’s kid be nice to my kid today?” And on and on it goes. We are too consumer driven… what’s in it for me? Oh to God we would change our attitude, “God, help me please You today!”