How often do you stare at God? Let me phrase that another way: How much time do you spend adoring God? When you worship with an eternal mindset, you find yourself releasing adoration and awe for your Creator.
The Beginning of the Relationship
When we first meet another person, chances are the interaction is a bit awkward or shallow. We shake hands, introduce ourselves, and perhaps engage in light conversation. It takes time for that relationship to grow to a point where interaction is natural.
- Greetings become more intimate
- Conversations deepen
- Pressures ease
However, it takes more than just time for a relationship to reach this level; it takes time together. In fact if you were to meet someone and then not speak for an extended period of time, the second interaction might be just as awkward or even more so than the first. Extended fellowship produces strong relationships. A relationship with God works in a similar way. In order to experience a deeper bond with Him, you must spend intentional time in communion with Him.
Growing in the Relationship
Allowing ourselves to dwell in this type of intimate relationship with our Creator yields an overwhelming sense of adoration for Him. From this adoration is birthed worship with an eternal mindet. You see, worship is a byproduct, a response, and reaction to a deep relationship. The more time we spend staring at or adoring something, the easier it becomes to worship it. This is why scripture tells us to spend continuous time in communication and fellowship with God (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
If we don’t choose to spend time admiring God, we instead tend to admire lesser things. The more time spent with God, the deeper and more meaningful our worship is to Him.
When we truly know God, our only appropriate response is to glorify Him. Not just on a Sunday morning with the time allotted for corporate worship, but throughout our everyday life and the rest of eternity.
Revelation 4-5 gives us a glimpse into the throne room of God in Heaven, as angels and saints surround the throne. Chapter 4, verse 8 says, “And they do not rest day or night, saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
These are created beings who literally have nothing better to do than sing praises to God for all eternity. They know God, they are in His throne room, and all they can do is repeatedly sing praises to Him! In Revelation 5:3, they proclaim, “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Worship is an eternal act! Our God is so worthy of our adoration that it takes an eternity to give Him the praise He is due.
Adoring Him in the Hear and Now
As we start to worship with an eternal mindset, we notice how important it is to adore Him in the here and now. Worshiping God is an essential aspect of having a relationship with Him. It ascribes to Him the place of honor that He deserves while allowing ourselves to enter into a state of awe and wonder toward Him.
Worship with an eternal mindset–true worship–puts God in His rightful place in our lives above everything else. It is a time when we, the created ones, declare the glory of the One Creator of all things. Whether corporately or individually, worship realigns us with our place in His kingdom. Far too often, we develop the mindset that God’s sole purpose is to tend to our every need when in reality we were created to glorify Him.
- Worship is eternal, as the One worth worshiping is eternal (Revelation 4:8).
- Worship is sitting in awe and amazement at the Creator of all things (Revelation 4:11).
- Worship is declaring the glory of the Lamb who paid a debt we never could (Revelation 5:9-10, 12).
- Worship is giving your life away daily to the One who gave His son to redeem sinners.
- Worship is all we have to offer to our King.
Take time today to stare at God. To adore Him. To admire Him. To behold Him.
Kaleb Ewing is an ambassador at Abundant Life, where he leads worship at the Independence, MO campus for the Fusion Youth program. He and his wife, Chloe, reside in Independence with their Labradoodle, Remington, and cat, Poet. Kaleb and Chloe share a deep passion for leading Christ-followers to the throne in worship and adoration.