Proper Attitude of Repentance and Worship

During one of my daily Bible readings this past week, I came across Zechariah chapter 7, and wanted to share it with you.  When this chapter was written in 518 BC, the Israelites had been holding a fast for the past 70 years to remember the destruction of Jerusalem.  Because Jerusalem was being rebuilt, they came to the temple to ask if they had to continue to hold and honor this fast.  God’s answer to them was fascinating.
  He said in verse 5 – “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?  And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?'”  
 
But the Israelites did not pay attention to what the Lord had told them, and Scripture says they stubbornly turned their backs and stopped up their ears.  And then in verse 13, it says this – “‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen’, says the Lord Almighty.”
 
There is a valuable lesson to be learned by all of us as we read this account.  Whatever we are busy doing at church and in our acts of worship, we must be certain we are doing it with the proper attitude and for the right reasons.  Whenever our actions become more about us than about worship of Almighty God, then we find ourselves in the position, just like the Israelites, where God may stop listening.  We should never find ourselves just going through the motions, doing things for the approval of others, or taking actions because it makes us feel good or important.  Everything we do is an act of worship to the King of Kings.  Let’s make certain our attitudes and our motives are always in the right place.