Saved to Worship (from Worship by John MacArthur)

Posted: March 20, 2013 in Life Revised

Worship is not optional. In Matthew 4:10, in response to Satan’s temptation, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:13: “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” In saying that to Satan, He swept into the command every being ever created. All are responsible to worship God.

The foundation upon which true worship is based its redemption. The supreme objective in the salvation of sinners is an eternal display of the glory of God: “so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). Worship, of course, not only magnifies God’s glory; it is our only fitting response – “to the praise of the glory of His grace” (Ephesians 1:6). So in the grand scheme of redemption, one of the principal things God is doing is transforming sinners into worshippers.

Jesus said that the Son of man came into the world “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). In John 4 He reveals the purpose for His seeking: “For such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers” (v. 23). The Father sent Christ to seek and save, for the specific purpose of producing worshipping people.

…the supreme motive in our redemption is not for us to receive anything. Rather we have been redeemed so that God may receive worship – so that our lives might glorify Him.

That certainly does not mean there is no blessing in salvation for the believer. There is much. And there is a place for holding on to the hem of His garment and refusing to let go until He blesses us. But such blessings are an additional benefit – not the ultimate purpose. We are to seek to glorify God before we seek to gain anything from Him.

…So a Christian is a worshipper of God. He is not as preoccupied with what he gets as with what he gives. He is not just seeking a blessing. He is offering to God a sacrifice – the sacrifice of sharing, of doing righteously, and of praise. The basis for worship, the key that unlocks the door and makes worship possible and transforms an unacceptable  worshipper into an acceptable worshipper, is salvation.

If you are redeemed and you aren’t now worshipping acceptably, you deny that very thing for which you were redeemed. Face the questions: Do you worship God? Is it a way of life for you? Scripture calls for worship; destiny calls for worship; eternity calls for worship; the angels call for worship. Our Lord commands it.

Are you a true worshipper?


John McArthur leads you in a clear discovery of Bible passages on whom and how to worship. You will learn that worship is any essential expression of service rendered unto God by a soul who loves and extols Him for who He is. Therefore, real worship should be the full-time, nonstop activity of every believer.


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