“Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil” (Ecclesiastes 5:1; NASB).
Why do you come to the house of God on the Lord’s Day? Why do you assemble with the saints? Is it to drink deeply of the living water that is offered to you through the preached word? Or is it so that you might accomplish something, merit something, offer something to God? The Bible is clear that God has all that He needs. He does not need anything that we might offer Him.
“24The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things,” (Acts 17:24-25; NASB).
There is nothing His creatures could offer Him that would add in any way to His worth, His acclaim, His glory. We come to Him instead in order that we might receive from Him. God is not glorified by anything that we might seek to accomplish for Him, but rather by what He accomplishes through and in us. There is an infinite difference between the former and the latter.
As you prepare your heart and your mind today to go into the presence of God with His people tomorrow, take some time to reorient your thinking in regard to the preached word. Ask yourself if your goal in communing with God and His people is to offer the sacrifice of fools or, instead, to draw near and listen. Remember that Martha was occupied with many things in her attempt to serve Christ, but Mary was occupied with the one thing needful: being served by Christ by the hearing of His word.
Assembling with the saints tomorrow, let our hearts be seasoned with salt such that we have an overwhelming thirst for the preached word. Let us feel an insatiable hunger for the preached word, because it is through the preached word that we receive Him. Let us gather with a hearty expectation that the Lord is accomplishing great things in our lives through the gospel we receive week-in-and-week-out. And may God receive all the glory for what He is accomplishing in and through us.