Last week we finished reading through the book of Hebrews. Toward the end, in the last couple of verses of Hebrews 12, a serious note is struck: let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire (12:28b-29). The writer’s statement shines a spotlight on the seriousness and importance of worship. Worship is not something to be taken or treated lightly.
The reason reverence and awe are required is because of what is at stake. The goal of worship is just that: worship. That is, the goal of worship is that God is worshiped. And, evidently, there is worship that is acceptable as well as worship that is unacceptable. Penultimate, but still very important, is the inner transformation of the worshipper. In other words, there is a pastoral concern at working hard to … Read More »