Hebrews 10:1 ESV For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
In meeting with God for worship we realize that true worship is not something that we do our own way. It is not up to us to determine what God calls worship and what God calls acceptable in His sight. He has established the parameters of what He would call acceptable worship. What is the right way to worship God?
Religion is man’s attempt to reach God and hold a daily relationship and fellowship with Him by our own efforts, standards and rules. Our ways to worship usually installs the ideal of "what is the easiest and what costs the least for me."
True Christianity realizes that we cannot find God through our own efforts, nor can we worship God anyway we please. We as believers have liberty, but liberty abused is nothing more than returning to bondage.
Just as there are right and wrong ways to approach God’s salvation there are also right and wrong ways to approach God’s worship. Throughout history God has chosen a WAY, a PLACE, and a TIME for man to worship. I know those who would say, "I can worship God at any time, place, or way that is in me." Really? Then why is the term "ACCEPTABLE" used so much in the New Testament? Example below.
Rom 12:1-2 ESV I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and ACCEPTABLE to God, which is your spiritual worship. (2) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and ACCEPTABLE and perfect.
For 500 years the Tabernacle was God’s place and way of worship, and the feasts were His time table. It taught two important truths about worship. First, the Tabernacle taught us about the presence of God among His people. Second, it taught us how a sinful man could approach a Holy God.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.