Recently I read this quote from John Piper which has deeply impacted my thinking. “All of history is moving toward one great goal, the white-hot worship of God and his Son among all the peoples of the earth. Missions exist because worship doesn’t. 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.”

Do you get it? We tend to emphasize our programs, wrapped up in fulfilling the snappy mission statements that we have created to accomplish the purpose we deem God has given us as a body. But while mission statements are good and I believe necessary if they help guide us, they become cumbersome if they become primary and God’s leading secondary.

We get caught up in the act of doing instead of responding to the Awesome Creator of the Universe. And when we get caught up in doing, we are in our own strength and will get tired. So when we emphasize evangelism, missions, Christian education, youth, etc, we do well but we get tired. All these are good and are things we should be doing. But these are not the things that were and will be. Worship is!

Before the creation of man, God was being worshipped upon His throne. After the judgments of man, God will be worshipped upon His throne.

When we respond to God’s revelation, we worship; and when we worship we move in His strength and all these other things flow out naturally, and then there is joy!

Excerpt from Rev. Gaffney’s message “Where Is the Joy in Serving Jesus”