"Some people think missions are the ultimate but worship is the ultimate. When
all's said and done we won't be doing missions anymore but we'll still be
worshipping." (I probably butchered that quote so if anyone knows
where I can get it please let me know)
I've thought and wrestled with this quote for a while and honestly I had some trouble with it. At first it sounds like a cute idea but nothing really helpful for our situation yet something about these words rang true to me. I had to really wrestle with what I believed about worship. Is worship just singing songs to God and praying really hard?
If worship is, as we defined it in my last post, a demonstration or display of the relationship we have with God then it has to transcend music. It has to do with more than an hour a week of our lives, it has to be poured out in out entire life. So how can we say that worship is even possible without missions. In our present situation there is suffering and there is good, so to demonstrate our relationship what would be better than to suffer with God; responding to the needs of the world, and to celebrate with God; emracing all that is good in the world.
Missions is worship and so is celebration. A life lacking either is not worship. But in the end God will not suffer, Man will not suffer, we will celebrate renewal. We celebrate whatever is good in this world and yes that is worship but we cannot neglect the needs of the world. So there is much truth in Redman's quote. We will be worshipping and worship is the ultimate. And a life without worship doesn't serve or celebrate.