What is at the heart of Christianity?
What practices and beliefs truly set apart followers of Jesus from those who do not believe?
Everyone in the world engages in some sort of worship. Those who are spiritual or religious direct their worship toward a divine being. Those who consider themselves non-spiritual direct their worship to what is most important in their lives. But what is worship all about?
To worship is to acknowledge the worth of something or someone. It means recognizing, and saying, that someone or something is worthy of praise. The book of Revelation gives us a glimpse into true worship.
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
Who was, and is, and is to come.”
In this scene the whole creation is worshipping God. Even the animal kingdom recognizes his worth and majesty. God is worthy of our worship because He is greater than us, and in control of our world.
At this point some may want to object to the majesty of God by proclaiming “but our world is a mess! Where is God in the midst of all this suffering?”
We find in Revelation 5 the answer to the problems of our world. We live in a world full of injustice and suffering, but we have hope that there is a Lion of the tribe of Judah that is able to deal with the problems of the world [Revelation 5:5].
God is able to deal with the problems of our world, and in an even more surprising move he has enlisted us as His people to be agents of His good work in this world.
We worship God because we know He is worthy. We worship God because He is in control. And we worship God because we know that He alone can overcome the evil in our world. But as we worship God we must remember that He has enlisted us to be agents of His kingdom in the here and now.
We worship God because the power to change the world comes through Him, and we are enlisted in with God in doing the work of the kingdom.