Those who come to worship with empty hands, also come with empty hearts.
Do you come into the Worship Service with empty hands? Have you ever heard the saying,
"You will only get out of it, what you put into it?"
People come to church because they are hurting or seeking. They are looking for answers and hope.
The truth is, that describes all of us there. We all need hope and answers. And it can be found there. The answers come from God and His word.
We are to support and encourage each other in these beliefs. But too often we come as empty vessels expecting to be filled without doing anything to fill someone else.
For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ (Matthew 13:15 ESV)
When we attend church with open eyes and open ears, we can become equipped to be of help for helping others.
...to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, (Ephesians 4:12-13 ESV)
Are we looking beyond our own brokenness and needs to see that others are broken too? My hope and prayer today is that we really truly will begin to put others ahead of ourselves. I pray that when we come together in worship that we will enter with Thanksgiving in our hearts, and come (and leave) with the mindset of being the hands and feet of our Lord.
What if God met our needs and came to us empty handed?
And none shall appear before me empty-handed. (Exodus 34:20b ESV)