“The Patternmaker”Categories: Gospel, The Bible
God has always expected His people to follow the pattern of His word in their worship and service to Him. For example, He told Moses, “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you” (Deut. 4.2). This is accomplished by following the pattern of God’s word. God told Moses, “…See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain” (see Heb. 8.1-5). Further, Paul penned, “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1.13).
If a dressmaker fails to follow the pattern, he or she will make a different dress than was intended by the patternmaker! Likewise, if we fail to follow the pattern of worship and service to God, we will not provide the worship and service that He purposed and planned.
Therefore, when it comes to worshiping God, nothing short of true worship is acceptable to Him (John 4.19-24). Jesus tells us that true worship consists of two aspects – spirit and truth. “Spirit” here means the same as “sincerity” in Josh. 24.14. “Truth” is God’s word (John 17.17).
Thus, we must follow the pattern of worship and service that has been provided us by God Himself, for He has every right to determine how we should worship Him. We are like dressmakers, but He is the patternmaker. - Bryan Garlock