If You Know Him, You Cannot Help But Worship Him

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   1/17/2013

My husband and I just started a small group at our church. It is a study on John that looks at who Jesus is and what he asks of us as followers of Christ. Our leader encouraged us in the beginning to overcome the challenge of thinking some of the stuff we will study may seem basic if we have been a Christian for a long time.

So we all prayed that God would show each of us something new, regardless of where we are in our faith.

This is one incredible aspect of the Bible… it can always teach us something new. It never ceases to amaze me how God can always show us something knew about Himself through His Word. We read a well-known parable in John 9 about Jesus healing the blind man.

There was a man who was born blind and many of the religious people thought this was due to a sin of his parents. But Jesus corrects them by declaring in verse 3, “‘neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus said, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’”

Jesus then proceeded to place mud on the man’s eyes and command him to go wash the mud off in the Pool of Siloam. Without question, the man immediately did as Jesus said and was healed!

The faith that the blind man showed through this story and the power of Jesus is incredible. He never questions what Jesus is doing, even as he begins to place the mud on his face. He simply did was Jesus asked of him without ever wondering who this man was or why he was doing this.

While this story of faith is always encouraging and a great reminder of the faith God asks us to have, the Lord continued to teach me new things throughout the rest of the passage.

The end of the parable shows the conversation between Jesus and the man he healed after he was thrown out of the synagogue for speaking about what Jesus has done for him.

John 9:35-38:

35 – Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

36 – “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

37 – Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

38 – Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

I had never really noticed verse 38 before even though I’ve read this parable numerous times before.

Immediately after the man declared his belief in what Jesus was telling him, he responded with worship. It was not even just a praise of gratefulness, but it was worship. Our pastor, Woody Torrence, then proceeded reading the verse with this comment, “Worship always follows belief.”

It made me think about whether or not worship is always (or ever) my response when God tells me to believe or trust Him in a specific situation or answers a prayer once again.

Instead of just choosing to be grateful for what He has done, do I actually worship Him? He definitely deserves my worship for being a God that I can have a personal relationship with and bring my requests and fears to. But what is my response?

Being grateful and coming before His throne with thanksgiving is great, but God also deserves my worship for who He is. This idea that “worship always follows belief” has changed the way I look at things when I believe in the Lord to answer a prayer or reveal more of who He is.

I will believe in His promises and worship Him for who He is as well as for what He has done for me in my life through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus.  

My prayer will be for Him to show me more of Himself, who He wants me to be, and how to worship Him more.

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