With Apostle Joseph Ziba
Worship: Chance for a Beautiful Exchange
Matthew 4:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me.”
Worship seems a laborious part of the church service program to some. You wonder that some individuals literally sit down during moments of worship in church. If such people only knew what worship does to us, they would cherish and treasure such beautiful moments.
The opening Scripture above gives a discourse of the conversation that Jesus had with the devil. Some Bible versions entitle such a discussion “The Temptation of Jesus”. The Bible says that the devil in his folly promised Jesus that he would give Him all kingdoms of the world and glories therein only if He (Jesus) worshipped him (the devil). My question is: What is it that is in worship that made the devil to ‘risk’ all his glories to Jesus at the expense of Jesus’ worship?
I want you to understand from this Scripture that worship is rendezvous for exchange. Worship is one of the ways you can get things from the one you worship. Actually, you become what you worship. So, the devil knew that if Jesus worshipped him, he (the devil) would gain mastery over Jesus and snatch His authority. On the other hand, Jesus would partake of what the devil is. That’s why God hates anyone who worships other gods. Worship is such a mystery.
The more you worship God, the more you partake of who He is and the more you exhibit His character. When you pray God answers. But one of the easiest ways of getting things from God is worship. Therefore, take advantage of it.
Precious Father, thank You for opening my eyes to one of the mysteries in Your Kingdom. Thank You for exposing me to the power of worship. I yield my heart to You Lord. I commit myself to You Lord. I will spend my life in worshipping You for because I know, the more I worship You, the more of You I will become. In the name of Jesus. Amen!
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