Thursday, June 25, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Worship the Lord in Truth and Spirit


Marykutty Thomas
St. Thomas MTC, NY
And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Isaiah chapter 6: 1-8 is a special call to Isaiah the prophet and also to all believers of the Faith. Isaiah is a major prophet in the Bible and this chapter opens with King Uzziah dying. King Uzziah was a successful King, but was proud and did only what the priests were supposed to do in the Temple of God. The chief Priest Azariah and eighty other priests opposed him. But he burned incense on the altar of the LORD, which angered the Holy God. Uzziah became a leper who spent rest of his life outside the palace.  His son Jotham took over as King and was righteous in the sight of God (2 Chronicles 27:1). But what a destruction that happened to Uzziah. Isaiah the prophet spent most of his time in the palace with Uzziah so he knew what was going on in the nation and among people. Isaiah looked at the nation and all the people and he prophesied against the people’s actions. After King Uzziah’s defiance of the worship, God showed Isaiah how worship was truly conducted.  

The Almighty God revealed His Glory to Isaiah and gave him a new revelation, as well as a new mind. In the previous chapters from 1-5 he said woe to those Israelites and others for they are lost. However, here in this chapter he says, “Woe is me for I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5).  Now the mouth of Isaiah is cleaned by the Angel of God, and Isaiah was given a renewed heart and mouth. Here Isaiah is in the Presence of The Holy God where the Seraphim humbly sit at God’s feet, praising and worshiping Him at all times. Isaiah gave glory to God, but Isaiah had to truly reflect and look at himself when before the Throne of God. 

LIFE APPLICATION
This teaches us that we must be cleansed by God and have a renewed heart to know who God is. Isaiah submitted himself in the Presence of Holy God. Although times have changed, people are as bad, or worse, than they were before.  What we can do as a Christian community? We are to look at ourselves first, and correct our missteps that everyone may see the Glory of Christ in us. Do what the Holy God wants us to do. We should have a humble, Christ-like attitude, and be kind to others. We have to let our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be our Master in our life. We should be active in making the Word of God reach others. We should guide them through life with the Word of God so they can have eternal life with Christ. All are born in this world to worship The LORD in Truth and Spirit, as the seraphim worships God in Heaven at all times and without rest. We therefore must worship God in Truth and Spirit.  

In this portion we studied the mighty work of the LORD. Let us have Isaiah’s renewed spirit and let us hear the voice of LORD saying “whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” (Isaiah 6:8). Let us be the good disciples of His ministry. Let God be pleased with our work. Let our meditations and prayers be pleasing to God. Our interaction and our love is to be holy and guided by God. Let us encourage everyone to worship the LORD in Truth and Spirit all the time. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Jesus Christ said to His disciples “Go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but who ever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15, 16). We have to guide others to be real, faithful Christians, strong in the Faith. Then, they can be transformed, as Isaiah was after he saw the Glorious Presence of God.  He essentially said “I am a sinner I need cleansing from God—I need God in my life.” “With it He touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’” (Isaiah 6:7). Jesus said to the Samaritan woman “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth” (John 4:24).  When we receive Holy Spirit we are not the same as we were before, but are a new creation, as we see in Peter, John and all the apostles.


PRAYER


Almighty Heavenly Father, fill us with thy Holy Spirit and guide us in Your path always. Make us strong faithful believers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ took our sins and made us free of sin so that we can be whole in Him. May Thy word always be a lamp to unto our feet, and a light unto to our paths. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
When we receive Holy Spirit we are not the same as we were before, but are a new creation