In part 1 of Shameless Worship series, we mentioned that because we have a settled past, we can now worship God loud and proud, with no hesitation.
For this second part, you can take this line away with you: We can give God shameless worship because we have a sweet present. By this I mean our current status with God is actually sweet.
The Apostle Paul teaches us that part of what Jesus did on the cross is to remove the veil that hinders us from seeing God face to face (highlight verse 18):
Cor 3:10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. 11 So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!
12 Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away.
18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
Being able to see God face to face, with nothing covering us, is a truth we should be rejoicing about.
Back in Moses’ time, God allowed him to see only his back. But in our time today, because of the perfect work Jesus did on the cross, removing what makes us unholy (sin), we are now in a level of relationship with God where we can gaze upon him face to face.
When we say being able to see God face to face, I don’t mean that we really literally get to see God, but that we can now have an intimate relationship with God.
God is often viewed as someone so high and unreachable. But today, not anymore, He is actually accessible and we can be so up-close with God.
I have a huge crush on a church-mate that lasted for 9 years so each time I see him from afar, my heart gets filled with butterflies. I feel sparks fly all around. Just this year, this crush now became my boyfriend (I’ll tell you our story soon, but you can get a glimpse thru this poem). Because we are now bf-gf, I now have the privilege of looking at him closely and see him like I’ve never seen him before. Sweet right? It makes me even more in love.
How much more should we be so in love with this God? This God who knows we are made of dust and master of sins. This God who knows us deep within yet loves us the same and allows us to be intimate with him. We indeed enjoy a “sweet present” with God. (Continue to Page 2)