“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.” (Hebrews 10:19-10, NLT)
Last month we (Betsy and I and our daughters) gathered with Betsy’s family in Flagstaff to celebrate her dad’s 80th birthday. One of our activities included worshipping together at a local church. Our group filled two rows of chairs. Our experience was interesting to say the least. Since that time I have pondered a number of questions about worship. Recently I read an interesting article written by Henry Blackaby that raised an important personal question about worship. Blackaby writes,
“Our generation lacks a sense of wonder and reverence toward God. We want to bring God down to our level, to the commonplace. He is God! Though we have direct access to Him as His children, we ought never to forget that this access was purchased with the precious blood of His only Son. No one who truly understands this ever enters God’s presence without a sense of holy awe. No one who comprehends the incredible price paid at Calvary ever takes his relationship with God for granted. We will never truly understand God and the way He relates to us unless we first comprehend a true sense of His holiness and His demand for holiness among His people. If we are in God’s presence, we are on holy ground.”
My question, do I lack a sense of wonder and reverence toward God? R.C. Sproul says, “Church is boring, is the most oft-stated reason why people stay away from church.” How is it possible that an encounter with a majestic, awesome, living God ever be considered boring? God is not dull. If worship is boring to us, it is not because God is boring.
Unfortunately, I had to admit that there are times that I do take God for granted. There are times that I take my relationship with Jesus Christ for granted. What does worship mean to you? Blackaby concludes with an important reminder,
“If you have lost your wonder at the incredible gift of salvation that has been given to you, you need to revisit the cross and witness your Savior suffering for you. How priceless God’s gift of salvation is!”