A knowledgeable friend suggested proof sets of American coins as a suitable gift. A proof set of coins is a valuable collection of specially minted coins. With confidence I presented my first proof set of American coins to an important person in the area. With delight, he immediately asked, What are these coins worth? I misunderstood his question. The correct answer was, Only your banker knows the worth of the set. However, I thought he asked about the common value of the individual coins. As I explained the common value of individual coins, he obviously was offended. Delight instantly turned to contempt. A gift intended to honor quickly become an insult.
Humans and God radically differ. Humans frequently misunderstand intent. God always knows motives. God knows the difference between worship coming from the heart as an expression of appreciation, and worship going through the motions to satisfy a perceived demand. God knows when a person worships Him and worships for self! God easily is honored by expressions of faith rising from a heart of gratitude. God quickly is insulted by a heart devoid of faith and gratitude. What God wants from His children is simple: profound respect arising from deep appreciation. Because he expressed His love for us in Jesus death, we rejoice in His blessings and proudly honor Him.
Grow in your understanding of how to honor God in your worship! Never insult God! Always honor God! May He and we be delighted when we praise Him!
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