Summary: The series of messages on End Times for Today will take the words from Revelation chapter by chapter and reveal the blessings that are promised within these pages. Tonight we will examine the 5th chapter of Revelation and try to understand what Worship i
Tonight we will examine the 5th chapter of Revelation and try to understand what Worship is.
Turn with me to our passage this evening and follow along as we take a look at Revelation 5:9-14.
9And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. Revelation 5:9-14
Years ago Mike Royco reported this true story in the Chicago Tribune.
A man named Bill Mallory traveled to India to discover the purpose of life.
But he didn’t find the answer there.
So after returning, he noticed a sign at Chevron gas station that simply said, “As you travel, ask us.”
So every time he pulled into a Chevron station, he would look to the sign and say, “I’m a traveler. I’d like to ask you a question. What is the purpose life?”
These were the real answers he got. I’m not making this up.
The first guy said, “Sorry. I’m new here.”
The second guy said, “I don’t remember anything in the manual about that.”
Another guy said, “I’m not much for church myself, sir.”
One guy gave him a leering look and a wink, whatever that meant.
However, most people just gave him a blank stare, cleaned his windshield; but he kept asking at all the Chevron stations.
One day Mallory got a phone call from Chevron Customer Relations. He said, “We understand you’ve been asking our dealer questions and getting unsatisfactory answers.”
The man suggested that he write out his question and send it to Chevron Corporate with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
So Bill Mallory wrote, “What is the purpose of life?” and sent it to Chevron Gas Company.
A couple of weeks later, the envelope was returned. The only thing in it was an application for a credit card!
If you want to know the purpose of life, you’re not going to find it in a gas station.
You’re not going to find it on a talk show.
You’re not going to find it in a self-help book.
You’re not going to find it at some seminar.
If you want to know the purpose of life, you have to either talk to the creator who made you, or look in the owner’s manual.
You were made by God and you were made for God.
And until you understand that, life isn’t going to make sense.
Now, we’re in this series called “40 Days of Purpose.” Today, we’re going to look at the first of God’s five purposes for your life.
God has five reasons for creating you, and today we’re going to look at the first.
For Thy Pleasure
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11 (KJV)
Look again at Revelation 4:11 and circle the phrase “for thy pleasure.”
The Bible says you were created for God’s enjoyment.
God made you just to enjoy you.
God planned you for His purpose.
And the only reason that you’re alive is God wanted you alive and He gets enjoyment out of watching you.
If you are parents or uncles or aunts I’m sure that there were times that you enjoyed watching those kids, as they grow up. Well most of the time!
I’m sure that it is the same with God, well most of the time He enjoys watching you and me.
You see we were made for God’s pleasure.
The day that you were born, God was there in that room, smiling down on you. Smiling at your birth because, He created you to enjoy you.
He made you for His purpose.
He wants you to bring him enjoyment and since he created you He wants you to love Him back.