“Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.” Hebrews 12:28
It was a little unusual, to be sure.
Every door to every classroom, office, cupboard space needed to be unlocked in order for the guys to do their job.
They had equipment that could take a 3-D image of the entire space, so that accurate plans could be drawn for renovations.
They had the right credentials. They arrived at the right time.
They were legit.
So keys were produced, and voila!
Talk about being handed the keys to the kingdom…
The one holding the keys has power. Authority to open doors. Instant access to secret spaces.
And it reminded me that I hold some pretty powerful credentials.
By faith, I have been granted access to the very gates of Heaven! I didn’t have to hold a position of power or authority to get the keys to the Kingdom. I didn’t need to pay any fees or be famous or especially gifted. I didn’t have to earn my way – I couldn’t possibly have earned so great a privilege on my own.
No, Jesus bought those keys for me.
And He gives them out – they are free to anyone who will believe in His declaration that He is God’s Son, who came to offer Himself as a sacrifice to take our place. In fact, so great and profound is His love, He adopts us as His children and makes us royals with full access to even the inner sanctum, the very throne room of God.
The hard part has already been done. It is a ‘fait accomplis’. The only thing left to do is respond.
And the only possible response is laid out in this verse in Hebrews – let us be thankful and please God by worshipping Him…
And please God with our genuine worship.
Worship is what comes naturally when we contemplate God’s character and acts. It is the spontaneous “Wow!” that springs to our lips when we see and deeply appreciate the glory of a sunrise, the sweetness of a newborn, the soft news of a kitten, the magnificence of autumn’s beauty. It is the stirring of a new spiritual thought, a spirit rising with the warmth of admiration, a desire to offer God the undivided attention He deserves.
Notice that our thanks, our heartfelt worship and adoration, pleases God.
As in, it makes Him happy.
It puts a smile on His face and a look of love in His eye.
Worship in Thanksgiving with me today?
Father, how remarkable, how fantastic, that You would give us the keys to Your kingdom freely because of what Jesus did on our behalf. Help us to take hold of these great and precious promises for ourselves! Help us to live as though we believe our incredible inheritance as daughters of the king! Sink these truths deep into us, so we can fight the lies that keep us from grasping the magnitude of this gift. Amen.