The God Who Worships Us

The God Who Worships Us January 23, 2020

The Greek word for “worship” is proskyneō and it is translated as “to kiss, to lower oneself in humility or reverence, to adore, to surrender completely to another”.

So, when Jesus let go of His equality with God [see Phil. 2] and humbled Himself and took on the form of a servant, and became nothing, He was doing exactly what anyone does when they worship something.

  • Jesus “lowered himself in humility”
  • Jesus became a servant to mankind.
  • Jesus adored us and gave himself up for us.
  • Jesus looked upon us and loved us.
  • Jesus completely surrendered his life to us.
  • Jesus placed his life, and safety in the hands of his earthly parents.
  • Jesus gave us power over himself, even to the point of abusing him and putting him to death.

Jesus, in essence, went from being the One who was worshiped night and day by the cherubim of heaven to become a servant who washed the feet of his own disciples.

In his own words, Jesus declares that He did not come to be served – as a God should expect to be – but that He came to serve us. [See Mark 10:45]

This was an act of worship.

Now, it is quite normal for us to think of God as someone that we should worship. We understand that God is God and that we are not. So, we naturally apply the term “worship” whenever we think of how we interact with God.

Today, worship is a multi-million-dollar industry. Record labels, artists, songwriters, conferences and even workshops are all devoted to worship. Usually, this worship is in the form of music, but scripturally-speaking, worship is really more about the way we live our lives in relationship to God.

In Romans 12, for example, Paul tells us that we should offer our bodies to God as a living sacrifice and that this is holy and pleasing to God; calling it “our true and proper act of worship.”

Nothing about singing songs there; Simply laying our lives down at His feet in adoration and complete surrender.

In other words, when we give up our lives for Christ, this is what worship looks like.

Just the same way that Jesus gave Himself up for us, as Paul reminds us in Ephesians 5:25, we should also give up our lives for Him, and for one another.

See, Jesus showed us what worship really looks like. When He stepped down from the throne and humbled Himself and became a servant to us, He was demonstrating to the entire Universe what worship really is.

So, on that basis, and by following His astounding example, we should also worship Him by giving up our lives as living sacrifices to serve others, as He did.

This is what honors God. This is what gives Him joy. When we understand that His love for us compelled Him to kneel down and serve us, and yes, to worship us with an absolute adoration that drove Him to the cross and exploded from the grave in victory, how else can we respond?

How can you not love a God who gave Himself up for you?

How can you not serve a God who first served you?

How can you not worship a God who would lay everything down and worship you until it killed Him?

There is no one like our God.

Let us worship. Let us give up our lives for one another.

There is no greater love than this.

 Note: Special Thanks to Jordan Hathcock for inspiring this blog post.

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Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife have returned to El Paso, TX after 25 years, as part of their next adventure. They hope to start a new house church very soon.
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  • Herm

    John 16:7-11

    Only the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God’s truth, can convince (convict) us, of mankind, of our righteousness (being right with) in each our relationships with and in God. When we are filled (baptized) of the Spirit, living with us and in us without pause or end, we are born children of God, who is spirit, sharing the same Father as our divine Instructor, the Messiah Jesus.

    I am a father of children of Man. All helpless infant children are instinctively cute and adorable to their socially healthy, bonded by love parents. Infant survival is dependent upon being adoringly valued by responsible and capable adults. My children were and remain cute and adorable, as are all my relatively helpless grandchildren.

    Knowing (convicted) to be honestly right with God, especially in relationship with our capable, responsible, adoring, eternal heavenly Father, is when we are at peace, trusting to accept our helpless infancy in spirit and fully the infinitely supportive adoration of our family of God, who is spirit, at minimum known as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    Acts 2:38

    Accept to be fully filled by the gift of the Holy Spirit, as your one Teacher of truth, and know personally that today you can be right with God, no longer self-absorbed, ignorant and childishly destructive (evil) to all life (carnal and spirit). Infant children have nothing to offer their parents but their trust that their relatively capable parents love, adore and worship them first.

    The Greek word for “worship” is proskyneō and it is translated as “to kiss, to lower oneself in humility or reverence, to adore, to surrender completely to another”.

    Jesus proves, our heavenly Father proves, and our Helper (Advocate) proves that God lowers themselves in humility to adore mankind. Jesus literally surrendered himself to Caiaphas that his Father would send us the Spirit of truth, to be with and in us as he was with and in Jesus the Christ. Worship begets worship. I can’t get any lower compared to God, I don’t have anything to offer God that they don’t already have, but I can surrender all my heart, all my soul, all my strength, all my mind in humility, reverence in awe, adoration, trust and love of spirit (the image of God) to all of God as my eternally capable family. I’ve truly been kissed first and that kiss is being returned, shared in worship.

  • James Elliott

    An interesting interpretation, as usual! I think a lot of Christians struggle with the idea of a God who takes on flesh and dwells among us, getting holy hands dirty, and probably would stumble on the word “worship.” But that is what happens, isn’t it.

  • Herm

    As an infant I spoke as a totally dependent infant. Those who spawned me got their hands dirty cleaning my excrement. They picked me up, cuddled me, kissed me and spoke to me with sounds that only an infant would be lifted by. They worshiped me first, then I they, by their example, for they graced me all I had to grow from. What did I, as an infant, ever know or have to sacrifice in worshipful honor of them that they didn’t already have?

    It is a more interesting prevailing interpretation that 0 to 120 year old men and women, of a physical mankind, have anything to give in worship for a God of spirit with no beginning and no end, that they didn’t have already. Why is it that we are taught to worship God any different than we were taught to worship all the adults of mankind who responsibly nurtured us to speak as individually responsible adults? Why are we taught to fear God as though God’s example was first to fear us? Why don’t we love God whose example is clearly that they cuddled, kissed and spoke to us as only infants in the image of God would be lifted up by?

    God loves, sacrifices, adores, and worships us each first as the lasting example of how we each might learn to love, sacrifice, adore and worship God.