Scripture Reading: John 4:19–24
A. From the very beginning of Scripture we see man worshiping God, and we also see that God does not accept all worship.
B. What does God desire when we come to worship Him?
I. We should understand that God will not accept just anything.
A. God will not accept our worship when we are living in sin (Isaiah 1:10–20; Hosea 8:11–13; Jeremiah 7:8–11; 14:10–12).
B. God will not accept our leftovers (Malachi 1:8; Haggai 1:8; cf. Exodus 34:26; 13:11–16; Leviticus 22:17–25; Deuteronomy 17:1).
C. God will not accept our worship if it does not conform to His pattern (Leviticus 7:18; Numbers 16; 1 Samuel 13; 2 Chronicles 26).
D. God’s delight is not in sacrifice, but rather in obedience (1 Samuel 15:22–23; Jeremiah 7:21–26; Psalms 40:6–8).
E. God wants worship that comes from a pure heart (Psalms 147:10–11; 149:4; 1 Chronicles 29:16–17; Amos 5:21–24; Psalms 51).
II. God’s expectations for our worship are the same today.
A. He wants us to follow the pattern that we have been given (1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
B. He wants us to put away first (1 Corinthians 5:1–12; 11:17–19).
C. More than anything, He wants our hearts (1 Corinthians 11:27–34; Matthew 6; 2 Corinthians 9:7).
D. He wants (and deserves) nothing but our very best (Matthew 19:21; 15:3–9; 22:37).
A. What would you not be willing to give to the Lord? What do you think He wouldn’t give for you and me (Romans 8:32)?
B. The sacrifice He accepts today is one that lives for Him (Romans 12:1).