Expressing Worship (part 2)

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

If this feels like de je vu, relax, I did reference this passage last time. But I found something else in the text that was interesting and I want to share them with you. Last time I talked about how God created us with physical bodies and He wants us to express our worship physically. Why? Because just like the lame man in the story we also have been healed, we have been healed from our sin. But there is another reason why our worship should involve the physical. It’s found in these last two verses. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Did you catch it? What happened when the lame man worshipped? Others around him took notice of his worship and they were filled with wonder and amazement. You see, when we worship God people should take notice. It should cause a wonder within them. It should make them ask questions and then give us an opportunity to tell them the good news: that God made a way for them to be made whole, that Jesus paid the price for what we’ve done wrong by dying on the cross, that He came back to life three days later and that we can now spend eternity in heaven because of Christ’s atoning sacrifice on our behalf. Our excitement about the gospel should be contagious. Our worship should not only be passionate and physical but it should also drive others to worship.

-Allison