Acts 14:13 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice [to Paul and Barnabas as god’s] with the crowds.
Paul and Barnabas come to Lystra as ministers of the gospel proclaiming forgiveness of sin for those who believe in Jesus. Then they healed a crippled man who had never walked. Instead of worshipping and glorifying Jesus for the healing the crowd began to worship them as false god’s and even planned to sacrifice to them.
The result was Paul and Barnabas stopped the crowd but ultimately they were rejected and Paul was beaten until he was assumed to be dead.
When it comes to worship, the focus is often more on style than on substance. The purpose of all worship is not to please the crowd, but to worship God and please Him. Sometimes we are guilty of making self the focus of worship, thinking that the music and other parts of the service must please us. Instead, we should always be asking if our worship is pleasing to God. Only God is worthy of our worship and praise.
This raises two questions for Acts 14:  Am I worshipping self and other false god’s instead of the true God.  Where do I turn when I am rejected when proclaiming Jesus for salvation?
Why do I attend church worship services–who do I worship all week and where do I turn when rejected by someone I am witnessing to?
Henry Luke 12/13/2017
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