Worship Is Ultimate

I have shared a bit of this quote before in another article on worship. But I thought I would post the fuller quote here.

Interestingly enough, these words are the first words of John Piper’s book on mission, Let the Nations Be Glad. A whole book about mission (though he goes into some deep theological questions as well) and he starts off with these pointed words:

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

For many, it’s all about missions. And, for such a passion, I am thankful. We need to touch the lives of people we are in relationship with. We need to see the gospel of the kingdom taken to all nations.

But we participate in missions because we are ultimately looking to see human beings drawn into the worship-relationship that we have with our Father. We have tasted something good and we are stirred to see others drawn in to such.

Let’s draw people in to the Father.

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2 thoughts on “Worship Is Ultimate

  1. The key here is what people understand to be worship. Unfortunately, when most people would read this article they will assume Piper means the church’s goal is to sing or play music. Interestingly enough, missions is worship if the motivation is to glorify God. So, my thought on this is yes! and Amen! But let’s keep teaching on what worship is so that we are doing it to the fullest!

  2. Yes, excellent thoughts, Heather. Thanks for the comment. I do agree and understand what you are getting at. Somehow, we have come to imagine that worship is only the time of song and that heaven will consist of the eternal sing-a-long. Hence why I have found people not interested in ‘going to heaven’. But worship is so much more. That is why I like the phrase ‘worship-relationship’. Of course, that might sound a bit weird as well, as if worship is simply having a conversation with God. It is, or can be, but worship contains all that we do and say to show His worth.

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