Getting Ready to Worship

"Every person who has trusted in Christ will be an honored attendee at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Looking around, we'll be amazed to see table after table, stretching endlessly beyond what our eyes can make out. Men and women of every background, ethnicity, and nation will be eating, laughing, perhaps singing, awash in peace, joy, and an overwhelming sense of loving and being loved."

"We'll notice people whose faith we questioned in this life. Individuals who irritated us, who seemed immature, who actually made our life harder. We'll see people we thought had no shot of sitting at this table. And before any shred of self-righteous judgment rises up in our hearts, we'll be rendered speechlessly grateful."

"Because you and I had no shot of sitting at this table. But we're there, each of us an undeserving guest made fit by the Bridegroom. We've been made fit after blindly rebelling against God's right to rule us; made fit after pursuing our own ways and wisdom; made fit after choosing to run away from God rather than to him; made fit after being ruled by death, despair, madness, and misery for thousands of years."

"But in his great kindness, God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to bring us back to himself and to redeem us from all that would destroy us. It's a work of grace and mercy from beginning to end, rooted in eternity past and to be enjoyed for endless ages, for the glory of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Therefore, "as it is written, 'Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord'" (1 Cor. 1:31)."

"True worshippers hold fast to the hope that one day we will do nothing but boast in the Lord. For we consider it the great end of our existence to find ourselves numbered among the worshipers of God. There can be no higher purpose. There can be no higher joy. And for those who have gratefully received God's mercy in Jesus Christ, there can be no other end."

Bob Kauflin worshipfully motivating our worship by looking ahead in True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God. 


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