I am always amazed at how many people participate in religions yet dedicate most of their time to themselves. So many people claim the name of Jesus without understanding what it means and live their lives for themselves.
Jesus gave clear instructions from the Father when he was on earth.
26. If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Why do they insist on participating in a religion that ritualises worshipping God while misunderstanding and misrepresenting what worshipping is?
The answer is lack of reverence or respect for God. There is no way under the sun that they can have any respect for God when he comes last behind their jobs, meals, television shows, relationships, and everything else in their lives. They prepare and study tirelessly for their careers but barely invest any time in preparation for God–unless it’s for money through deceit.
How should we present ourselves to God?
4. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built,5. And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.1 Kings 10:4-5
Solomon’s ascent into the house of the LORD left no more spirit in the queen of Sheba. He, by no means at this time, took God for granted. He gave him the best. Why wouldn’t he since God gave him everything he had?
What should we offer to God?
The tithing which was given to the Levites (Numbers 18:21), including the priests, was the best; the first fruits (Leviticus 23:10-11) of the harvest when the womb is strong (2 Esdras 5:51-55) was the portion of God (Leviticus 27:30) which he gave to the Levites which were his (Numbers 3:12). Lambs without blemish (Leviticus 23:12) were offered to God–without blemish.
The best of everything was given to God, which he subsequently gave to the Levites because they were his. The offerings were not given to man, but God, which then transferred them to the Levites.
How do you intend to enter his kingdom when you have no regard for him? We are in a war here on earth–a contest which will decide our fates. Yet, you do not invest any energy into fighting for his kingdom–the kingdom of God but expect to reap the rewards.
Do not kid yourself. Only by following the instruction of Jesus which are to worship God (Revelation 19:10) will you enter into the kingdom. When you worship God you give to him the best as per his instructions.