A reporter interviewed two pastors, asking some pretty pointed questions. One of the questions was this: “What will you do if you get to the end of your life and realize Christianity is a lie?” One pastor answered by saying, “Even if my faith is a lie, I will have lived a good and moral life.” The other pastor said, “I will have lived the life of an utter fool.”
I think the second pastor better understood the terms of Christian worship. Worshiping Jesus is an all-in proposition that is much bigger than doing good things in this world. Worshiping Jesus devotes all of who we are to the affairs of a coming king and kingdom. If that coming kingdom is a lie, our lives are a lie.
At the end of his letter to the church in Corinth, the Apostle Paul describes this mentality well. Paul writes, “And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.” Christians should be pitied if their faith and worship is a lie. We should be pitied because we are devoting our lives to things that will never happen.
As you go through the coming week, worship with complete devotion. Pray, study, sing, serve, and share in a way that is completely dependent on Jesus’ coming kingdom. Live in a way that says, “If Jesus doesn’t show up, this isn’t going to work.” As you do, you will experience the joys of a life devoted to a Lord who is far from a lie. You will find the riches of life worshiping in the truth.