My most embarrassing moment EVER! It’s etched on my memory. Age 14, I was on a French exchange, and the family took me one glorious summer’s day, on a boat trip on a beautiful lake. I was wearing my brand new bought-for-the-holiday mini length dress (it being the late 60’s). All was fine and good until we had a sudden torrential downpour of rain, and with nowhere to shelter, were soaked to the skin in seconds. I was suddenly aware of more than usual attention, and discovered to my horror, my mini dress had unbelievably shrunk on me – by several inches!!! It being France, wolf-whistles abounded when the boat finally tied up, and I had to run a good distance back to the family car. I guess the lake was beautiful, but it’s glory was lost on me!
Showing your underwear gets you attention, but it’s better than the alternative; so you can see why God required his priests to wear it (Exodus 28:42-43) considering they had to climb up to the altar to offer the sacrifices. What was being avoided here, was attention on the wrong thing. God did not want his people to be distracted from their act of worship. It was important for them that they could focus on the sacrifice that was being made on their behalf, to redeem them from the sin they had committed.
What distracts you from worship? Or maybe a better question, what do you allow to distract you from worship? And there again, is there anything you’re wearing or doing that might distract someone else? We have a responsibility to each other, to encourage each other in focusing on God during times of worship. And what encourages me, more than anything else, is seeing the others around me totally lost in wonder, love and praise.
But worship doesn’t just happen in church. What do you allow to distract you from worshipping at home? The jobs? The family? The TV? The time?
And finally, what do you need to do to separate yourself from that distraction? It is important for us, too, that we have a time to focus on the sacrifice that has been made on our behalf, to redeem us from sin. God has done so much for us, he deserves nothing less than our undivided attention.