14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Revelation 14:6&7 (Emphasis supplied).
In last week’s blog I established two important truths concerning Jesus’ saving work of judgment. Those two things were:
- In order for us to benefit from Jesus’ saving work of judgment we must walk in constant fellowship with the Lord (see I John 1:5-7).
- In order to walk in constant fellowship with the Lord we must constantly agree with Him (see I John 1:8-10).
Amos expressed these two principles when he asked this question:
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3
These two truths help us to understand the importance of the third important truth which is expressed in the last part of Revelation 14:7. It says:
…and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. (Emphasis supplied).
The first part of Revelation 14:7 tells us what our purpose for living should be at this time: Fear God, and give glory to him. The second part of Revelation 14:7 tells us why that should be our purpose: for the hour of his judgment is come. The third part of Revelation 14:7 tells us how to accomplish our purpose: worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
This tells us that in order to cooperate with Jesus’ saving work of judgment and accomplish our purpose in life we must worship the creator and Him only. However, before we can fully understand why worshiping the God of creation is the only way to cooperate with Jesus’ saving work of judgement we must look at what Jesus said in Matthew 6:24:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus tells us here that life is really about worship: We either worship the God of creation 24/7 or we worship mammon/money, the god of this world 24/7. We cannot do both because both require our full devotion, energy and attention. Those who worship the God of creation will live for the single purpose of bringing Him glory by seeking to reproduce His righteousness in their lives. Those who worship mammon may want and even try to serve God but their service and worship is overwhelmed by the cares of this life: This is why Jesus said:
6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek🙂 for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Notice, in order to truly serve God we must die to self. Those who neglect to do this on a daily basis cannot serve God in the truest sense because that service is tainted with self-concern which is sin (see Romans 14:23 & Hebrews 11:6). This is why Jesus said:
9:23 And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:23&24 (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus tells us clearly that in order to follow him we must die to self: Not just once in a lifetime or once a year or once a month, not even once a week. In order to follow Jesus we must die to self every day. More importantly, Jesus tells us that the proper way to accomplish this is to, take up his cross daily.
To most people the thought of taking up one’s cross daily is not good news. But that is because they see it as a command to be strong and bear the burdens that come as a result of following Jesus. However, this is not what Jesus is saying here. As a matter of fact, Jesus is saying the very opposite of that. I say this because of what Jesus said in the very next verse:
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:24 (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus tells us here that when we take up the cross that He requires we will lose our lives for His sake. To fully understand what it means to lose our lives for Jesus’ sake we must go to Galatians 2:20 where the great apostle Paul says:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Emphasis supplied).
Next week I am going to show how what Paul says here is the key to worshiping God 24/7. Until then I leave you with this powerful truth concerning the power of the cross to save those who walk by faith and take it up daily:
1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]: 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. I Corinthians 1:17-18 & 23-31 (Emphasis supplied).