Work and Worship

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. —Ephesians 2:10

To understand the relative importance of work and worship it is necessary to know the answer to the familiar question, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer given in the catechism, “To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever,” can scarcely be improved upon, though of course it is an outline only and needs to be enlarged somewhat if it is to be a full and satisfying answer.

The primary purpose of God in creation was to prepare moral beings spiritually and intellectually capable of worshiping Him….

Without doubt the emphasis in Christian teaching today should be on worship. There is little danger that we shall become merely worshipers and neglect the practical implications of the gospel. No one can long worship God in spirit and in truth before the obligation to holy service becomes too strong to resist. Fellowship with God leads straight to obedience and good works. That is the divine order and it can never be reversed.

Draw me deeper into fellowship with You, Father. Lead me to focus on worship so that I can then, as a result, be useful in service. Amen.

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