God expects authentic worship.
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? (7) Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?(Isaiah 58:6-7)
So what does authentic fasting look like? What is the fruit of right worship. Authentic worship is exhibited through righteous living. Fasting was a practice that was prescribed so as to make people closer to the Lord and to produce certain results in their lives. God says that the fast that He had chosen lead to the following results:
- Sanctification- “to loose the bands of wickedness”
- Mercy- “to undo the heavy burdens”
- Justice- “to let the oppressed go free and that ye break every yoke”
- Generosity- “to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast over thy house? when thou seest the naked and thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh”
Far from worship being self-serving, worship was intended to help us prioritize God andto make a difference in the world. Worship is not supposed to lead to fighting. Worship is supposed to lead to service. Worship isn’t supposed to lead to manipulating God for what we want. Worship is supposed to align our hearts with God so that He can lead us to do His will.
Are you worshipping God through your life today? It will look like sanctification, mercy, justice, generosity and more.