One of my favorite Pastor/Authors is John Piper. In his book, “Let the Nations Be Glad” he says, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exist because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate.”
Piper’s focus is missions, but this reality applies to all life. The ultimate purpose of humanity, including you, is worship of God. God tells us in Isaiah 43:7 that we are created for His glory. Jesus tells us in John 4:23 that His Father is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth.
For some people, they balk at the idea of a God who creates for the purpose of being worshiped. The reason for this is when a person demands to be worshiped, it appalls us, and rightfully so, because whoever is demanding worship is not worthy of worship. This is not the case for God. He is worthy of worship. Revelation 4:11 says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Second, because we are designed and created to worship God, we find our greatest satisfaction (or joy) in doing what we are designed to do. Therefore, not worshiping God produces dissatisfaction, for we are not acting truly human; we are not acting in accordance to God’s design. It would be similar to keeping a horse tied up its entire life. The horse would not enjoy his imprisonment, for it was made to run. For a horse to be satisfied, it must be unleashed. Humanity, likewise, must be unleashed so that we can worship God and experience the authentic joy of existence.
So how is humanity unleashed to worship God? Romans 12:1 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” When Paul says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God” he is directing his readers back to what Paul has spent the eleven previous chapters talking about. From chapter one to chapter eleven of Romans, Paul has been unpacking the gospel of Jesus Christ (aka the mercies of God).
It is the good news of Jesus Christ that unleashes us to worship. When the mercies of God are applied to us through faith in His Son, the chains of our sin are broken and we can worship our Creator. The way that we worship is to live for God…”to present your bodies as a living sacrifice.” This means that we live for Him, and this is the spiritual worship that God desires and simultaneously brings us true joy.