Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God; it is the quickening of conscience by His holiness

Archbishop William Temple, years ago, gave us a definition for worship.  He said, “Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God; it is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; nourishment of mind by His truth; purifying of imagination by His beauty; opening of the heart to His love; and submission of will to His purpose.  All this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of expressions of which we are capable.” There you have it.  Worship binds the diversities of our nature and gives it a unity of expression.  Life is no longer fragmented.  Life is unified.  And from that internal unity flows worship in a community of believers.  I do not believe that it is accidental that in two of the most dramatic encounters that Jesus had—one with the woman at the well, and the other with the woman who poured out the alabaster ointment—the theme of worship is the culminating point.  The whole purpose of God’s dealing with Israel in the wilderness was to show them what true worship was meant to be.  The final book of the Old Testament, the book of Malachi, the theme is on worship.  The culminating vision in the book of Revelation is a scene of worship.  Our heavenly Father seeks such in us.  If our Gospel is to be felt, it will be felt in the community of worship.  In fact, a worshipping community may be one of the most powerful forms of evangelism.  That is why the church must remain central.

Ravi Zacharias


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