"Missing the Point"Bro. Ron Rupé
5/13/2001 11:00 AM
You can be a faithful church member and citizen, be conformed to all sorts of lists, but if this is all you have, you have missed the point. What is the "point" of worshipping God?
"Wherewithal shall I come before the Lord?" What is it that God wants? "...to walk humbly with thy God." It is not what you can offer the Lord, but the relationship you have with God that pleases him. "to walk with God" = To fellowship, commune with, know and worship him. If you don't have a personal acquaintance with God, then you have missed the point.
Enoch walked with God for 300 years. He must have been well-acquainted with God. He knew every aspect of God's character and personality. He knew how to please God.
The result of Enoch's walk with God was a life and relationship that pleased God. The whole point of service is to please God, to commune with him and know him. There is a difference between knowing OF God and knowing God.
We're all seeking after life eternal. Jesus said that life eternal is to know God. Sorrow, repentance, faith, new birth - but here Jesus said "to know God" is eternal life. This sums up all the rest. We want souls to come face to face with God. You can know of (associates and acquaintances) hundreds of people. But you KNOW your family and friends. If we just know OF God, then we have missed the point.
Hebrews 8:10, 11
You don't have to teach people to "know" the Lord. Many people "know of" the Lord. We can have a personal experience with God. This personal relationship comes from time spent with God.
- Communion with the Lord - an exchange of thoughts and feelings, intimate talk, a close spiritual relationship.
Abraham knew God so well he was called "the friend of God."
Genesis 18:17-25, 33
This exchange between the two here is called "communion." It is a conversation. Jesus condemned and despised ceremonial prayers. God wants to talk to us. Religious activity that is just a form misses the point.
- Fellowship - to achieve common goals, to partake in common blessings and to overcome common hardships. These things deepen a loving relationship. When you fellowship with God - your goals and his can be intertwined or accomplished together. You also get to share the rewards. Fellowship is pulling together in the tough times.
1 John 1:3
Fellowship with God is necessary for having fellowship with the brethren. We can fellowship God together. This is true fellowship. It spills over to the brethren. If you don't have fellowship with God, you have missed the point.
- Worship - to make God the focal point of your attention. He is the center of your affection. This type of admiration and worship deepens your relationship with God.
Inquire - seek after, search for. This will help you to know the Lord.
These, in all their religious activity, somehow missed the point. Once you have reached eternity, there is no way to recover. It is too late.
Jeremiah 9:23, 24