God Demands Worship and For Good Reason Too

Last night, I sat in a coffee shop (well I wouldn’t call it a coffee shop but it tries to be so I give it the benefit of the doubt) with a friend discussing what faith is. If you’re a Christian, you probably know that Hebrews 11:1 pretty much lays out in black and white exactly what faith is.

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Along this conversation we began discussing God being God and that we are not Him. If God is the pinnacle, the best of godly qualities, the apex, the culmination, the peak, the fullest, the perfect (and any other word in the thesaurus to define like qualities) then it goes without saying that God HAS to be God.

What I mean is this.

If God is God, he HAS to be worshipped.

If He’s the ultimate good, He defines good.

If He’s the ultimate mercy, He defines mercy

If He’s the ultimate grace, He defines grace.

If He’s the ultimate love, He defines love.

If He’s the ultimate faithful, He defines faithfulness.

If He’s the ultimate patience, He defines patience.

If He’s the ultimate truth, He defines truth.

The reason that God demands to be worshiped is not because he’s a narcissistic selfish God but something in your life will be worshiped whether it’s self, hobbies, family, work, addictions, emotions, and because God is the ultimate of ultimates, he has to be worshiped above all else. If he said you don’t have to worship him, he would no longer be God because then he would be saying he is less than something else in which he’s not, he’s greater than all.

It goes deeper than that but an hour in a coffee shop place with cheap coffee is not grounds for deep theological reflection. Neither is this blog. But think about it. The reason God demands our worship is because he is God and no less. That is truly worthy of worship because in Him is perfection and truth.


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

One Response to God Demands Worship and For Good Reason Too

  1. Pingback: Why God Deserves Worship | Worship Links

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