Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28)
We have a ridiculous fascination with modern renderings of relevance over ancient diplays of biblical reverence.
Sometimes the sociological disciplines take precedent over the sufficient Spirit born word. The modern church doesn’t necessarily need more business theories, church growth plans, surveys, branding campaigns, and cutesy advertisements. More than anything, the church needs to grasp His holiness.
We can be seeker sensitive, but we need to realize God is the seeker in the relationship (Luke 19), and it would be nice to be sensitive to His commands. We don’t approach Him glibly like a child approaching Mickey Mouse.
He is our Father. Yes. But our Father also happens to be a creator of all things, and a high holy sovereign King. Mankind, even the “holiest” can’t stand His blazing majesty: Moses hid his face in a rock. Isaiah fell prostrate like dead. Ezekiel laid dazed and confused on the seashore.
Jesus made the Father’s holiness tolerable and accessible to sinful men like us. Holy justice called for the powder crushing of Jesus.
And it took a scourging of a perfect man. It took a Father’s utter rejection of an only Son. It took the only innocent blood in the universe poured over guilty enemies like me.
It’s wonderful love. It’s beautiul intimacy. But it is all these with an unimaginable eternal cost. Reverence is the manner we should approach such precious stones. Sometimes a closed mouth and a bended knee is all that can be done in the midst of such striking mysterious otherness.
Let’s not be the spoiled children who “play marbles with God’s diamonds.” (CH Spurgeon)
Not in church.
If this “kingdom can’t be shaken”, how much more unshakable is the holy One who built and rules it?