How shall we worship?

Today, I want to share another purpose we learn from studying the Tabernacle that Ole Mo built. Purpose # 3—It teaches how sinful people may worship a holy God. I don’t know about you but I mess up a lot and need God’s abundant grace. Ecclesiastes 7:20~Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. (ESV) It is God’s Tabernacle that reveals how a relationship broken by sin can be restored. 

Therefore, if we desire to worship God, we must understand the process of dealing with our sin. The seriousness of our sins is revealed in the sacrifices required at the Tabernacle. To approach and worship God, two things are required: a blood sacrifice (Hebrews 9:22) for our sins and a mediating priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). Today, both are made available to us in Jesus Christ. 

You may in fact know someone who is asking what are the steps to salvation? Many people are looking for steps to salvation. People like the idea of an instruction manual with simple easy steps that, if followed, will result in salvation. Because the idea of a step-by-step process to salvation is appealing, many in the Christian community make the mistake of presenting salvation as a result of a step-by-step process. Roman Catholicism has seven sacraments. Various Christian denominations add baptism, public confession, turning from sin, speaking in tongues, etc., as steps to salvation. But the Bible only presents one step to salvation. 

When the Philippian jailer asked Paul in Acts 16 this is what Paul tells him in Acts 16:30-31~Then he brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. (ESV) In Romans 10:9 Paul says that we are to confess Jesus is Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead. It really is that simple for someone to become saved. 

Faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior is the only step to salvation. The message of the Bible is abundantly clear. We have all sinned against God. (Romans 3:23) Because of our sin, we deserve to be eternally separated from God. (Romans 6:23) Because of His love for us (John 3:16), God took on human form (John 1:14) and died in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve. (Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21) God promises forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven to all who receive, by grace through faith, Jesus Christ as Savior. (John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24, Acts 16:31)

Salvation is the free gift of God and is not about certain steps we must follow to earn salvation. Salvation and forgiveness of sins is not about following steps. It is about receiving Christ as Savior and recognizing that He has done all of the work for us. God requires one step of us—receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin and fully trusting in Him alone as the way of salvation. Jesus said it best right before He died on the cross in John 19:30~…It is finished. (NIV)

That is just the best news! Who might you share that news with today? I bet God has someone who is going to cross your path and they would love to hear that there is a God who loves them, and wants to have a personal relationship with them, and all they have to do is take a step. Ask the Lord who you can share your faith with and who might be ready to take that step. Then share. You have got this. May the Lord bless you today as you share your faith.

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