Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Wow. The God whom we worship—the God who came to us as a helpless baby…the God who chose to die for us as the full and final sacrifice for our debt of sin…the God who rose from the dead and intimately and powerfully places His Holy Spirit within us and promises us eternal life with Him—this is the God of all creation…the God who is “a consuming fire.”
And it is the One and Only True God—Creator of all that exists…LORD of all eternity—whom we are to worship with thankfulness and acceptable reverence and awe.
How much more honestly, sincerely and humbly our worship would flow from us if we were to acknowledge, admit and truly understand that everything in our world—our homes, our jobs, our finances, our possessions, our physical bodies—EV-ER-Y-THING can and will be shaken! EV-ER-Y-THING can and will pass away. None of these are eternal. Not one.
But! Our God who is “a consuming fire” will bring to us His eternal kingdom that can never be shaken…His eternal kingdom that will never pass away. Our God—the All Powerful, Fully Intimate—LORD of all creation offers eternal life for all of us who will put our faith in His Son Jesus Christ as our Savior and King over His eternal kingdom. And when we do, a response of thankfulness and worship filled with acceptable reverence and awe for our God should flow!
Take some time even now to really think about who our God is. Stop the rushing and the worrying and even the check-it-off-the-list-of-religious-duties-kind-of-worshipping. Just stop. Breathe. And recognize just a little bit more that only God and His eternal kingdom will never be shaken. Then thank God…and worship God with acceptable reverence and awe…and ask God to help you keep this mind-set…this eternal perspective of thankfulness and reverence and awe.
I know I have to continually ask God to move my eyes off of what is temporal—off both the good stuff and the yucky stuff—and move my eyes to see His Eternal Being…His eternal kingdom. Our God—who is “a consuming fire” and offers us His eternal kingdom—deserves and desires this kind of thankful, reverent and awe-filled worhip from me…from all who are His children!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane