“The ultimate factor of acceptable worship is faith in and union with Jesus Christ. Our spiritual sacrifices are “acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5). It is his sinless offering of worship that cleanses and perfects ours. Harold Best says it well.
There is only one way to God, through Jesus Christ. This means that God sees and hears all our offerings perfected. God sees and hears as no human being can, all because our offerings have been perfected by teh giver. The out-ot-tune singing of an ordinary believer, the hymnic chant of the aborigine . . . the open frankness of a primitive art piece, the nearly transcendent “Kyrie” of Bach’s B Minor Mass, the praise choruses of the charismatic, the drum praise of the Cameroonian – everything from the widow’s mite to the poured-out ointment of artistic action – are at once humbled and exalted by the strong saving work of Christ.
All our offerings are humbled by the work of Christ becuase they would be unacceptable to God without him. All our offerings are exalted because when they are joined to the atoning sacrifice of the Savior, God accepts them as though his own Son were offering them.
Nothing against skill, practice, complexity, nuance, musicianship, or sincerity, but only the finished work of Christ makes our offerings of worship acceptable in God’s eyes.
What a relief!”
– taken from Worship Matters, by Bob Kauflin.