King Herod’s Reasons to Worship
Fear-based Worship – Part 1
Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:19-21
Key Verse: 1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Was this powerful king of a Roman empire afraid of Jesus? Yes, I believe King Herod lived much of his life in fear. Fear comes in many forms. Fear of danger is the most obvious. Fear of being insignificant is an underlying fear that often goes unrecognized. Fear of losing one’s position or job is prevalent these days as well.
Worship was never meant to have a foundation of fear. When the Bible speaks of having a good kind of fear, it is speaking of a deep respect. Yes, we should have that kind of fear of the Lord. As you sit in a worship service and witness others worshiping, how many are filled with the wrong kind of fear? Only God truly knows those who are worshiping out of fear that if they don’t worship God will strike them down. How many come to church, pray their prayers and sing the worship songs with a deep fear that they need to earn God’s favor?
Our printed key verse relieves these fears by reminding us that perfect love drives out bad fears. Perfect love realizes that God doesn’t operate out of a mean-spirited punishment. God is love and we base our confidence in this love. We worship Him because of the righteousness given to us by our faith in Jesus. We know we can’t earn God’s favor; we receive it because of the cross of Christ. Ask God to reveal any worship that stems from fear!
Father, I want to truly worship you out of a heart full of gratitude. Rid my heart of fears. I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.