“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.” (Ecclesiastes 5:1).
What does it mean to be a Christian? Often we think in terms of sacrifice: what we must do for God, how must we act, what must we give. As we worship we can be thinking about our action towards God. The church and Christians can become distracted, even obsessed, with the sacrifice they can bring to God – as if that giving is what makes them acceptable to Him. To believe that our actions could make God pleased with us would be the ‘sacrifice of fools’!
But as we come to the Father we must come with hearts ready to listen. As we listen to the word of the Spirit we hear the good news that comes from God through Jesus. He has given His life as a perfect sacrifice and He makes us acceptable to God. He has finished what a lifetime of our sacrifices could never achieve.
As we hear this word we become wise, we receive His salvation, we worship from hearts filled with gratitude. Our whole lives are for the service of God but never from hard obligation, rather we love Him who has lived us first.