Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
I love the first part of this verse, “a kingdom that cannot be shaken…” The kingdom of God has a firm foundation. Its architect is a master builder, and our place in that unshakable kingdom then is secure. We ourselves are unshakable. We may get knocked down, beat up, spit on, mistreated, abused, neglected, hated, but our place in the kingdom doesn’t change and the unshakable kingdom doesn’t waver because of outside pressure or hostility. What a verse! Hebrews was written to a group of Christians facing hostilities and persecution, and some of the believers had given up on Jesus, the author of this sermon encourages them to keep on keeping on. The author tells them to quit focusing on the world, and focus solely on Jesus.
A question I have from the second half of this verse is about what is acceptable worship? Acceptable worship seems to be that which is reverent and that which is approached with awe. What a challenge to all of us to approach our corporate worship times a lot more aware of why we are gathered and just who we are gathering for. Our worship times isn’t about my likes or dislikes, it is all about God, and for him.