With the months between Christmas and summer upon us we find ourselves in that long stretch of the year where life tends to fall into a regular routine. Is weekly worship part of your routine?
A little known fact is the leaders of the French revolution tried to change the calendar to a 10 day week. It didn’t work! There may have been other contributing factors, but I believe the primary reason this experiment failed was because human beings were designed by God to operate on a seven day cycle, the seventh day being a day of rest and worship (see Genesis 2:1-3).
God made humankind with a need for worship. Every culture in world history has had religion: the recognition of a God or gods to which human beings are inferior and beholden. In most faith systems acts of worship are designed to appease or harness these supernatural forces in an effort to earn blessings and promote prosperity.
Even in modern times people continue to search for a connection with the spiritual realm. There is an inherent knowledge within us that there is more to this universe than what meets our physical senses. We intuitively “know” that there is more to life than the span between conception and the death of our bodies. Solomon wrote, “[God] has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”(Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV)
The Christian view of worship is a bit different because the Christ-centered understanding of God is different. Christianity teaches that human beings cannot earn God’s blessings or forgiveness. No matter how hard people try they cannot be “good enough” to meet the pure righteousness of God’s holiness. All have fallen short of God’s perfect standard and all deserve eternal separation from God (See Romans 3:23 and 6:23).
However, God loves Creation, especially human beings, despite their fallen nature. So the Lord did what people could not do for themselves; God offered Himself as the sacrifice necessary to bring redemption and new life. This is God’s grace, period. This is purely a gift to be thankfully received. This is the heart of Christian worship – an opportunity to offer God thanks for the gracious gift of eternal life available to all who would simply admit their need.
There is more to the Christian life than worship because receiving God’s gift opens a person’s heart to the presence of God’s Spirit. Nothing can encounter the presence of God without being changed. This is especially true of the human soul. Consequently, followers of Christ endeavor to “live a life worthy of the Lord,” (Colossians 1:10) not to “earn” God’s favor, but rather as an expression of thanksgiving.
The bottom line is this: Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship with God, and that relationship starts with worship. Is worship a part of your weekly routine?