This past week, our discipleship study was on the important theme of worship. In the sermon, I shared a 17th century quote that came out of a meeting of leaders from Scottish and English churches who were discussing their common beliefs. As they were pondering the main purpose of humanity, they concluded that “The chief end of man is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever” (the Westminster Shorter Catechism). In other words, the main goal, purpose, and privilege of humanity is to worship God and to worship him forever.
One of our greatest pictures of worship comes from Revelation chapters 4 and 5. John invites us to witness the “throne room” of heaven, where everyone and everything is centered on God and Christ, both of whom are on the throne. The godhead represents the highest splendor, glory, and power known to both human beings and heavenly beings.
As we follow the lead of the highest orders of angels in heaven (the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders – see Revelation chapters 4 & 5), Revelation reminds us that God is worthy of our worship because of who he is: God is holy, God is the one true God, and God is eternal. Moreover, it reminds us that God is worthy of our worship because of what he has done: God has created all things, God gives and sustains life, God redeems, and God makes us into a kingdom of priests.
So, how do we live out the privilege and responsibility of worship of our God? Well, we certainly live it out through our regular participation in corporate worship experiences such as what occurred in Sunday’s worship gatherings at Calvary. However, it also extends far beyond Sunday morning worship services. It should include a lifestyle of worship through daily praise, prayer, bible study, service, and giving. And of course, giving includes our money, our time, and our talents.
According to Revelation, one day worship will become a 24/7 “all in” type of experience for believers. It will be awe-inspiring, amazing, and beautiful. But, we don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to begin. In fact, today, while still on this earth, we can make it our chief aim to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)
‹ Pastor's Blog