Missions exist because Worship doesn’t

I was listening to a Lecrae song a few days ago and heard this quote that he said toward the end of his song SEND ME “Missions exist because worship doesn’t”.  Right off the bat, I knew that the quote was from John Piper and loved the song even more.  I read this passage in Let the Nations be Glad and this is where the quote comes from!

“Missions exist because worship doesn’t!. . . The infinite, all-glorious Creator of the universe, by whom and for whom all things exist–who holds every person’s life in being at every moment (Acts 17:25)–is disregarded, disbelieved, disobeyed, and dishonored among the peoples of the world. That is the ultimate reason for missions. The opposite to this disrespect is worship. Worship is not a gathering. It is not essentially any form of outward act. Worship is essentially an inner stirring of the heart to treasure God above all the treasures of the world~
A valuing of God above all else that is valuable
a loving of God above all else that is lovely
a savoring of God above all else that is sweet
an admiring of God above all else that is admirable
a fearing of God above all that is fearful
a respecting of God above all else that is respectable
a prizing of God above all else that is precious.

In other words, worship is right affections in the heart toward God, rooted in right thoughts in the head about God, becoming visible in the right actions of the body reflecting God. These three stages of worship from inner essence to outward display can be seen in three texts; Matthew 15:8-9, John 4:23, Matthew 5:16.”

“People don’t worship the God that made them!”  Our call is to help people worship the one true God, and not to worship or put trust in us, who call ourselves Christians, but still need the Savior in all parts of our life, especially when ministering to others.  Let us worship our Lord and Savior in telling others His great story!

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