The Cost of Worship

John 2:13-15 WEB

The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. [14] He found in the temple those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, and the changers of money sitting. [15] He made a whip of cords, and threw all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew their tables.

What is the cost of worship in the House of God? Is it the tithes and offerings? No, those are ordinances. Is it subjection to human authority? Is it having merchandise regularly presented by guest speakers? For Jesus, the cost of worship included going to Jerusalem at the appointed times. The text scripture above says Jesus went to Jerusalem because it was an appointed time. He honored the ordinances of Judaism. However, he did not honor the human authority over the temple. And He clearly did not like merchandising in the temple. So, I ask again, what is the cost of worshipping in the House of God? If that cost includes dishonoring God, then the price is too high. If that cost includes constant bombardment of merchandise, again I would say, the price is too high. It makes sense to offer God’s people material to advance their faith. But it does not make sense to sell merchandise in the House of the Lord. This behavior comes with a scourging by the Lord. The Lord is zealous for the temple according to scripture. It seems many churches would do well to keep that fixed in their minds.

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for participating in merchandising in your house. Heal my compromise and set my feet more completely on the narrow path of obedience to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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