Chuck Terrill: Don’t wait to worship Him
It is nice to know if someone thinks you did your job well.
The vocal exchange went something like this: “That was a very good sermon this morning, pastor,” she said.
“Thank you, ma’am, all credit goes to God, though.”
“Do you think you will ever publish that sermon? I think it ought to be published. I would like to read it again myself and send a copy of it to my sister.”
“I don't preach from a manuscript, but I would be happy to give you a copy of my sermon notes,” I said, trying to be helpful.
“No, I really think you ought to publish it.”
“You can listen to it, again, at our church website, or get a copy of it on CD at the sound booth,” I said.
“I really would like to read it in a book.” she answered.
“Well maybe it will be published posthumously. I am pretty busy these days.”
“Post what?” she asked, looking puzzled.
I repeated the word again, sounding it out: “Post-hu-mous-ly”
“I never heard of that,” she said. “What does it mean?”
“After I am dead,” I said. “Maybe one of my children will publish my collected sermons after I am dead.”
“I can't wait that long!” She exclaimed. “Oh, how I wish it were now!”
I try to be accommodating. But this was one request that went beyond the call of duty.
Later, I was reading in Revelation 4 about the worship that takes place in heaven. Jesus is seated on His throne, and every living creature surrounds His throne. They all prostrate themselves in His presence and worship Him.
I thought to myself, how wonderful it will be to be worship Him that way! “Someday,” I mused, “after I am dead, I will worship Him. Someday, when I am in heaven. Without reserve, and in complete abandon, I will bow in His presence, and I will worship Him.”
The Holy Spirit brought the dear lady's words back to me: “I can't wait that long. Oh, how I wish it were now!”
Jesus said, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4.23).
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.