Thursday, December 8, 2015
Frankincense – Jesus wants our worship
The Adoration of the Magi, on a panel in Budapest, circa 1410, by the Master of the Vienna Adoration
John 4: 22-23
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.
THE issue of trust (yesterday’s post) is quite a difficult one, especially when it is entrusting your life, or a significant part of it, to someone else to call the shots.
The word ‘takeover’ has a rather negative ring to it. We all know people who have lost their jobs (and companies that have lost these folk’s loyalty and skills) because the bigger company, with no interest in people or history, thought it better to source production on the other side of the world. For a year or two, anyway.
There is, however, a good kind of takeover. I have a friend who substantially conceived and built up a new technology business. The idea was right and it did well, bringing him rewards but also an increasing weight of responsibility for staff and for maintaining growth and seeking investment. Eventually it was taken over by a much bigger and better competitor – one he had always looked up to, and was very happy to be part of under the new management. Everyone kept their jobs and it was a win for all concerned because there was real worth and integrity in the buying company (rare, but it does happen).
The little company, having found someone worthy to absorb them, now has a rather more blue chip feel to it and everyone enjoys a raised status.
When we recognise worth, we are engaged in worth-ship. When we encounter someone of incomparable integrity, generosity and worth, THE Person, our expression is what we call worship.
Jesus has no needs of us, but He does have some real desires. He wants the kind of relationship where He has our heart. That’s us simply being happy to acclaim His worth, and worship Him. That’s not just singing praise songs in church; that’s just one expression that it’s fun to do together. No, worship is doing everything we do with Him and for Him, because He is worth it. This, for us, is the gift of frankincense.
Why would we want to compete, or hold on to our independence? Much better to be part of what He is doing, and doing it so much better.
So Jesus especially values our worship, and that is a big part of us willingly and cheerfully and continually giving our hearts to Him. Because He is so worth it.