Brother Lawrence said…

The end we ought to propose to ourselves is to become, in this life, the most perfect worshippers of God we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity (From: Practicing the Presence of God).

Rev 7:9-12 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’ All the angels were standing round the throne and round the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying: ‘Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!’

Why do we exist? What is our purpose? Why did God make us? These three questions are really only one question: what do we do here on earth?

For many people this question is an absolute mystery. They are looking for meaning in life. They tried one after another thing to see if it can give meaning. The hole in their hearts is never filled. They are restless. They go through life and in the end they still have not found what they were looking for.

For others, the question is simple to answer. We must preach the gospel and lead people to Jesus. John Piper, however, writes that we need to think again about this answer. In his book, Let the Nations Be Glad! he writes, ‘Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.’

At first these words make one feel uncomfortable. As children we often sang an old chorus in Afrikaans that goes more or less like this, ‘Should I go with empty hands? Should I meet my Lord this way? Not one soul led to Jesus, nothing to sacrifice at his feet.’ It has brought a passion for preaching the gospel in our hearts but perhaps also a sense of guilt that we do not lead anybody to Jesus.

Of course we need to share the gospel with others. How would there be countless people who worship God before His throne if we do not share the salvation we have received? But I understand what Piper said. The purpose of our life is to bring the glory to God that He deserves. We were created to love and honour Him. The biggest insult to God is when people whom he has made stop honouring and worshipping Him. It is when we become the centre of our lives – the focus. It is when we become so busy with the things of the kingdom that we no longer love and honour the King above all.

Lord, let every part of my life be worship - to the very end, by the power of your Spirit. Amen.