Exhortation – 2nd Sunday After Epiphany

The great fault of contemporary worship is the lack of reverence and awe.  God is approached in a casual manner, and Jesus is our home-boy.  Ministers avoid wearing or saying anything formal.  Spontaneous praise is the only true praise.  But would you wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt to the White House?  Would you wear jeans if you were invited to dine with the Queen of England?  God has made us kings and priests (1 Pt. 2:9).  We should approach this table with a sense of our high duty.  God is training us up here to judge the world (1 Cor. 6:2-3).  Dining with the King prepares us for this awesome responsibility.  But would you waltz into the White House with mud all over your shoes?  Would you shake out your dusty clothes in front of Queen Elizabeth?  Then stop before going any further into the presence of God and wipe your feet on the door-mat.

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