17 September 2013

Who is God, #3

How ought we respond to the statements that God is God, and that He must be our only God? Allow me to make a suggestion.

God Must Be Our Focus of Worship.  The Westminster Shorter Catechism, in its very first question, asks, “What is man’s chief end.” The answer is, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”  

We must glorify AND enjoy God. These are not two separate commands. To Glorify God is to enjoy Him. This is worship. The more we learn of God, the more we can appreciate Him – and how great His love is for us. Romans 5:8 states that "...God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  Can we read that; understand it; and not glorify Him; not revel in His love? Not enjoy the blessing of being one of His?

We must do glorify and enjoy Him realistically. Understand this,  we do live in a sin-filled world. It’s a hard world to enjoy sometimes. God knows that. Do you think Jesus was smiling as the thorns bit into his skull; as the breath was crushed from His body?  Enjoying God does not mean that we have to slap a fake smile on and pretend that all is right on earth. But we do need to remember that God is in His heaven, and He has both the power and the will to love us beyond our own imagining.

In 1 John 3:1, we read the following, "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are." And so we are. Worship the one true God, and Him alone. And enjoy it.

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