The Reason for Faith and Worship
Have you ever heard statements like these?
“Put your faith in the Creator of the universe. He is omniscient and omnipotent and we can trust Him.”
“Let’s worship God for what He has done in our lives. Worship Him because of what He has done.”
I’m not saying those statements are wrong, but they are backwards from the testimony of one of Jesus’ converts:
I won’t go over the entire story again, but the blind man in John 9 was interrogated, threatened, offered a compromise, and eventually thrown out of the synagogue for saying that Jesus had healed him. His faith in Jesus as his healer was strong throughout all of the persecution. He readily admitted that he did not understand Jesus’ significance until after all of this had happened. After he was excommunicated from the synagogue, Jesus found him and asked a simple question, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” The man responded that he would be happy to if he knew who the Son of God was.
What!? This man was willing to sacrifice his reputation and stand against some of the most powerful men in his city for the sake of Jesus, and he didn’t even know that Jesus was the Son of God?! All he knew about Jesus was what Jesus had done for him personally. His faith was based on personal experience.
Once Jesus said “You’re looking at Him” the man fell down and worshiped the Christ. His faith was based upon a personal experience with Christ, but that did not lead to worship. His worship was based on knowing Who Jesus was. This is completely opposite of those two statements above that are typical in our modern churches. I often hear faith portrayed as stemming from our being able to trust an all-powerful God. Worship is presented as our response toward God’s intervention in our individual lives.
- Is it possible we’ve got this backwards?
- Does it matter?
- Can you think of any Biblical examples where faith stemmed from knowledge of God’s attributes and worship from a personal experience?