What matters the most to me is God. The God who created everything that exists. The God who created you and me. The God who became the man, Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of mankind to save us from the sentence of eternal destruction in Hell. It is this God whom I live for and am ready at any moment to die for. God is this important to me because I know who he is.
Who God Is God is a spirit with one essence, existing in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is self-existent, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, loving, kind gracious and just. He has always existed and can never cease to exist. He is the ultimate being and the ultimate source of everything that is good and satisfying.
God Deserves Our Worship. God created me and you and every other person in this world to worship him. It’s only logical that when someone creates something, they create it to serve a purpose. Watches, cars, cupcakes, computers and lawnmowers were all invented to perform some kind of function. So, when God created mankind, he did so with the expectation of them serving his purpose. This may sound self-exalting, and debasing to people as if they are just some slavish object, but when John Deere created his lawnmower, I don’t think he was exalting himself and enslaving the lawn mower because he required it to serve his purpose by mowing grass. Know, I know a lawn mower isn’t a living being with it’s own will and desires, but if it was alive, you can be sure that it would be the happiest when it is mowing lawns, because that’s what it was made for. Similarly, people can only be truly happy doing what they were made for.
We Must Know God to be Able to Worship Him I worship God because he has made himself known to me and knowing him leaves me with no doubt that it is my duty and also my delight to worship him. Certainly not everyone worships God. This is because they don’t know him. No one can worship or admire someone that they don’t know. Imagine a small child from a remote tribe in Africa suddenly being face to face with Elvis Presley. Their response would be much different from you or me because they don’t know him. The child would not honor or admire Elvis as he deserves.
Why People Don’t Know God People, in and of themselves, can’t know God. The bible says that human beings are “dead in transgressions (sin)” (Ephesians 2:5). From birth, human beings are dead spiritually. They have no spiritual life and so cannot perceive who God is because he is Spirit. To them, the word “God” is mostly meaningless. Maybe it conveys some kind of religious sentiment or that “God” has no meaning at all or they say that he doesn’t even exist. This is most reasonable and logical for someone who cannot perceive God. Still, everyone has a sense that there is something greater and bigger beyond themselves and once they are born-again, they know that it is God.
How I Know God What God did for me was to give me spiritual life. This is what the bible calls being “born-again” (John 3:3,5). What happened is this: I admitted to God that I was a sinner in need of his forgiveness and that I could do nothing to help myself. I confessed that I was wholly dependent on him to save me from being condemned for my sin. I acknowledged to God that Jesus Christ was my only hope for salvaging my life from the destructive force of sin. God responded by removing the guilt of my sin and granting me the righteousness of Jesus Christ, thereby proclaiming me to be holy and blameless. It’s as simple as that; if you seriously ask God to forgive you and accept that only Jesus can be your Savior, then God will give you life and make himself known to you.
Believe or Die! Sounds startling, and it is, because believing in God and knowing him versus not believing and not knowing is literally a matter of life or death. Consider this portion of the bible: “...when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed — for our testimony to you was believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). I mean, whose side do you want to be on in that scenario? God gives you two choices, so choose wisely...