Do Not Be Stultified

Stultified: To be made useless or ineffectual

It has been said that repeating the same spiritual activities over and over will make you (and perhaps everyone over whom you have influence) stale; taken to the extreme, it can make you stultified. Matthew 16:9 states, “They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrine the precepts of men.” Isaiah 29:13 admonishes worshipers in Jerusalem for drawing near to the Lord with their words while their hearts remained distant from Him. Instead of genuine worship born out of love and awe for the Lord, “Their worship of [Him was] but rules taught by men.” In contrast, the Holy Spirit enables our faith-walk to remain powerful and fresh on a on-going basis.

Therefore it is imperative that we persistently examine how we worship and serve the Lord. We need to make sure that our hearts are in the right place, and the familiarity and comfort of our church liturgy is not lulling us into insincere acts of worship and unfruitful works. Could it be that continuing to rest in the comfort of familiar “orders of worship” could actually render us less effective in our Christian walk? Thankfully Jesus has sent us our Helper– the Holy Spirit— who will guide,strengthen and help us to remain genuine and pleasing to the Lord throughout our spiritual journey (John 14:26; Romans 8:26; Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 1:8).