A one-liner I’ve noticed recently is “we are created to worship.” Now, on the surface, this seems reasonable enough but sometimes it is implied that worship is the most important thing we do because we were created to do it. And, it’s the activity we will be doing mostly in the afterlife. For some who are often bored in church, this doesn’t sound like heaven to them. One teaching I read went on to say that because it’s what we will be doing for eternity, we better get it right on earth. Is that a good reason?
Worship is not the only thing we were created for, and I’m thinking it’s not the primary purpose for which God made us. When Jesus was asked what was the most important commandment, he summed up the law in two commands, love God and love one another.
Love comes first, it’s the most important. We were created to love.
Without love for God, our worship is fake. Love is foundational, not worship.
“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” – 1 Cor 13:2-3
We must not confuse worship and love. Love for God finds expression in all we do, worship is just one of the activities motivated by love. Serving others is loving God. Helping the poor is loving God. It’s not worship. If we confuse love with worship, we lose the meaning of worship.
We were created to love God and worshiping him is just one way to express that love. Love comes first, and is demonstrated by serving, working, interceding, giving, evangelizing, teaching, training or worship.
Each day I’m challenged to love God as the foundation of all I do. Why?