When our worship becomes what it should be... it will produce effects that are positive in nature.
Generally, our concept of "true worship" is very formalized and ritualistic, confined almost
entirely by time and place. (Ex. John 4)
Hebrews 12:28 - LATREUO - service.
Word Study: LATREUO
Describes, not the functions and rituals of the priest ( LEITOURGIA does this ), but
describes the functions of worship by those other than the priest, i.e., the common people.
Example: Hebrews 10:2 - "If it could, would they not have stopped being offered?
For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have
felt guilty for their sins."
Uses: As Jesus broadened its use in John 4.
Acts 24:14 - "service" - reflects to Felix a way of life. "However, I admit that I
worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I
believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets..."
Romans 1:9 - "serve" - preaching the gospel -"God, whom I serve with my whole heart
in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you..."
Romans 12:1-2 - "service" - "(1)Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy,
to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your
spiritual act of worship. (2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and
approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Hebrews 12:28 - our text: EVERYDAY SERVICE
Seeing the meaning of this word in these verses, let's develop the context following the
use of this word in Hebrews 12:28 and see the effects that are produced by such true worship.
CONTINUOUSLY LOVE THE BRETHREN - Hebrews 13:1.
Our worship involves such love of my brother.
Love - PHILADELPHIA - Friendship with concern.
Be your brother's friend.
Look out for his highest good.
Philippians 2:3 - (count him better) - "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain
conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
I Peter 1:22 - unfeigned - without hypocrisy, pretense - "Now that you have purified
yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love
one another deeply, from the heart."
CONSTANTLY REMEMBER TO BE HOSPITABLE - Hebrews 13:2.
Hospitality - PHILOXENIA - love of strangers. (PHILO - love or friendship; XENIZO - to receive as guest).
Example: Abraham - Genesis 18; Lot - Genesis 19
Romans 12:13 - "Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality."
REMEMBER THOSE IN PRISON AND THE ILL-TREATED - Hebrews 13:3.
Many brethren were in prison for their beliefs and teachings.
Our remembrance and mindfulness of the distresses of others is a part of our worship to God.
PURITY IN MARRIAGE - Hebrews 13:4.
Proper home-life is part of our worship.
I Corinthians 7:1-7.
BEING CONTENT - Hebrews 13:5.
We are not to crave the carnal.
Note the reflection of complete trust in God.
Without complete trust in God and His ability to give aid, our worship is vain.
Philippians 4:10-13 - "(10) I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed
your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show
it. (11) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content
whatever the circumstances. (12) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is
to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (13) I can do everything
through him who gives me strength."
RESPECT YOUR LEADERSHIP - Hebrews 13:7-9.
Context: Apostles - "had rule"
Eldership - Hebrews 13:17.
To disrespect your leadership is to offer vain worship that is unacceptable to God.
Is your worship put into an everyday life form or only confined to a certain time or place?
Do you believe that your "service" (LATREUO) is what God wants?