True and Proper Worship

By Eric Costanzo

Sundays on or around national holidays—like Independence Day—are sometimes challenging for pastors and ministers. As we plan services for each week of the year, we always want to make sure that the focus of our worship never wavers from God alone. We worship and praise God as our Father and Creator. We worship and call on the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is our Savior and Lord. And we worship and seek God’s will through the Holy Spirit, as we open God’s Word and He helps us to hear, understand, and obey—that we may be equipped and sent out to proclaim the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As we look towards Independence Day this week, it is right and good that we give thanks to God for the freedoms we enjoy in our earthly kingdom. We are also called to be honorable citizens, to seek justice, and to pray diligently for our leaders and for our nation itself. As the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

As we pray these things and pray for our nation together today, I pray we will also be unified in our desire to offer true and proper worship to God alone. Moreover, this week as we think about freedom, may we give thanks above all else for the true freedom we have in Christ Jesus, which makes us citizens of His heavenly Kingdom!