THE GROWTH OF WORSHIP
Peter ended his second book by encouraging his readers to
"grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.
Amen." (2 Peter 3:18)
This is not just a nice little conclusion to a letter. It's
fundamental to life as a worshiper. A true worshiper will do so
because he/she knows God. He will not only sing or play an
instrument on Sunday, but he will live a life of worship in all areas
of his life. His focus will be Almighty God, and not temporary
"Grow in the Grace of Our Lord"
The Greek word that Peter uses is "charis". It's meaning is the
holy influence of God (and the results thereof). A worshiper will
grow in his capacity to yield to God's influence. God did not
make robots, but people who have choice. We can choose to be
influenced by his great wisdom and his loving heart, or we can
ignore him. The influence that God can have on our lives causes
us to be fruitful in all areas of life. Some characteristics seen will
be love, joy, peace, kindness, and gentleness, to name a few. A
worshiper exhibits these and more because he/she sees who God
is and grows in grace.
"Grow in the Knowledge of Our Lord"
Jesus himself said "we worship what we know" (John 4:22) The
context of this statement was a discussion about the superstitious
worship practised by the Samaritans. As Jesus was talking with
the Samaritan woman, she brought up how worship was done.
Jesus responded with an often quoted declaration. "God is spirit
and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
(John 4:24) He taught us all that worship must be done with more
than our bodies. It must also be done with our spirit and in the
truth of who God is.
Elsewhere, Paul the apostle told the Ephesians to "be imitators
of God, as beloved children" (Ephesians 5:1) One can only
imitate something or someone that they gaze upon. True
worshipers of God will keep their eyes on Jesus Christ and not
things, causes, or activities. To that end, every believer should
grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ through prayer and
through the careful study of what has been written about him.
I have often heard how wonderful worship is at different
churches. At times, this has disturbed me, since the focus was on
created things and not the Creator himself. The growth of
worship in any church and in any person is directly linked to how
much God is allowed to influence a life and to the degree that
people know Jesus Christ better and better.
Worship is about God. He is all-powerful, yet merciful. He is
all-knowing, yet loving. God Almighty is beyond our minds'
understanding. He is wonderful. He is glorious. He is most
beautiful. Like Isaiah and John the Revelator, some day we will
see him and understand much more, but what we know about him
now easily causes us to worship and to grow as worshipers.
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