Cosmic Treason

1 11 2011

Nadab and Abihu

 Leviticus 10:1-2

Nadab and Abihu were sons of Aaron, the High Priest of God. As such they were members of the tribe of Levi, which was given responsibility for the tabernacle and to carry out the various acts of worship to God for the people of Israel. One day Nadab and Abihu decided to change their worship to God. They took their censers and offered “strange fire” unto God. As a result, God consumed them by fire sent from heaven and they “died before the Lord.(http://www.noeo.net/church/vain_worship.htm)” Nadab and Abihu died while worshipping because they did what they desired instead of what God commanded. Many people wonder, why would a loving God be so wrathful over an issue that does not appear to be a big deal?  He has given us specific instruction on worship.  How do we worship then? I think the most important is the attitude in which we worship.

  • “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 4:24

Not only should we worship how he commanded, but also with all of heart. “As all creatures were made by him, so all owe him obedience and reverence; but, to be acceptable to this infinite Spirit, the worship must be of a spiritual nature – must spring from the heart, through the influence of the Holy Ghost: and it must be in Truth, not only in sincerity, but performed according to that Divine revelation which he has given men of himself. (http://bible.cc/john/4-24.htm)”  Some come out of a pure motive to worship God the best they came, while others come out of selfish desires of what they can get out of the service. Our attitude must be a willing heart, just like Mary was willing with all her heart to have the Son of God. 

  • “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before Jehovah our Maker: For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, oh that ye would hear his voice!”

Psalm 95:6,7

(http://preachersfiles.com/worship-part-2-studying-our-attitude-in-worship/)

This is the correct example of how we should worship.

Nadab and Abihu did not come with a ready attitude for worship. 

Sometimes when I go to church I listen to the mass and in my head think, “what is the Lord trying to tell me about my life? What am I supposed to take from this?”  Is that right or wrong? It may be selfish. But really we should set aside our concerns with the world and our paramount focus be set on our spiritual concerns.  Harden your heart.

Attitude is everything. 

Personal Example:

                        I have played volleyball since I was in the 3rd grade.  You would think I am amazing by now.  When I started high school I wanted to be on the Varsity team, but, honestly, I did not have the proper skills to play.  Not only were my skills not there, my attitude was not either.  My attitude wasn’t unbearable; however, I was not playing with my heart. Why? Because I wasted my time mopping about how I was not good enough.  I believed I suck, and  so did everyone else.  I constantly stated that I was trying to be a Varsity player, but I never really worked that hard and acted on it.  During JV practices I would secretly be angry because I was not on the team where I wanted.  As a result, I did not play much on JV either.  Basically, because I did not have a good attitude, I did not grow in the sport or grow in my skills.

BUT

This past summer of my Senior year, I decided I was going to make a change.  I accepted the fact that I did not meet the criteria for the varsity team, and, so, I began to WORK HARD and change my ATTITUDE.  I practiced during the week with a college volleyball player.  She hit balls at me.  I ran. I lifted weight.  I put my heart in it.  I had a positive and encouraging attitude. I focused.  I was all about team and not myself.  I wasn’t good at skills, but I was good at talking and encouraging.  So tryouts come along and GUESS WHAT? I made the Varsity Volleyball Team.  He told me I wasn’t going to play. But GUESS WHAT? I ended up playing.  Because I had a good attitude, my skills became better and I as a person became better.  This is the same thing with worshipping God.  If you don’t have a good attitude and focused heart during worship, you won’t grow.  If you do, you will see results.