Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
What on earth are we here for?
by Erik Momsen
If you thought this heading was a cry of despair, it was not. It is the most fundamental question a human must answer. Why am I here?
We are surely not here merely to be born, learn, work, reproduce and die. Some might think we are here to have fun, but that is also limited.
The Bible gives us the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This it the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:37-40)
"... Go and make disciple of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19,20).
THE 5 PURPOSES OF LIFE & THE CHURCH ARE THE SAME
1) "Love the Lord your God ..." = WORSHIP
2) "Love your neighbour ..." = MINISTRY or SERVICE
3) "Go and make disciples" = EVANGELISM
4) "Baptising them" = FELLOWSHIP (INCORPORATE)
5) "Teaching them to obey" = DISCIPLESHIP
OUR 1ST PURPOSE IS TO WORSHIP
The name for humanity in Greek is anthropos which means "creature looking up". We were made to "look up" or worship. We are the only created beings (along with the angels) who worship.
Is it not surprising that in this technically advanced world billions of people regularly make worship a part of their lives? Worship is in our genes.
WHY DO WE WORSHIP?
1) For Truth's sake
Without worship we look down and inward and lose the plot of life. With worship in our lives we find the truth and the meaning of life. In a directionless world worship brings truth and direction because it brings us into contact with the source of all truth.
"And these are the days when the world has gone asunder. And these are the days when we look for something Other." (Bono - U2)
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom ..." (Proverbs 1:7)
The "fear of the Lord" is nothing more that bowing before Him and acknowledging that He is God. This is worship!
Satan, the "father of lies", has no truth in him. This is primarily because of his pride, rebellion and refusal to worship God.
Satan tried to trick Jesus into worshiping him. Jesus gave him the ultimate truth. “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” (Matthew 4:10) Satan fled.
2) For Life's sake
Jesus said, "A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23,24)
There is no life without worship and Spirit. The place where we worship is irrelevant but that the spirit of humanity must be offered to the Father is vital. Our spirits offered to the Father gives life. The Spirit is life and without Him there is nothing.
3) For His sake
We worship because He is the Creator and King of all. How awful it will be for little humans when they face this mighty king who they have rejected and despised? How awful when they realise that He has loved them from the beginning of time and they have rejected this love.
4) For His work
When we see His Truth, His Spirit and His Nature we start to appreciate His work in and around us. We worship Him because he seeks out and saves lost Adams and Eves. He is the shepherd looking for the lost.
5) To focus a lost world
By our worship we focus a lost world on the fact that God is alive, important and powerful. We give a sign post to show the way to those who are looking for Him.
HOW DO WE WORSHIP?
"Love the Lord ... with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
- It is not good enough just to pitch up. You decide to give yourself to Him. "I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart."
- Gratefulness opens the way to the Father.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF WORSHIP?
The presence of God in our lives. The nature of God in our lives. It is Heaven coming to earth. Life, love, power, change, healing and blessing!
Date Added: 2010-08-24
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