We should worship God, not out of a fear of going to hell, but rather from a desire to please God in our worship. Let’s take a look at some reasons why men ought to worship God.
God Made Us
We should worship God for He made us. In the very beginning God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:26-27). Man is superior to everything God made, and God put him in a position of dominion over the rest of His creation.
God Provides For Us
God cares about His creation. From the feeding and watering of Israel of old, Paul told the Athenians, “For in him we live, and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28). Since it is in God that we even live and move, surely we ought to give Him the praise and adoration of our hearts in worship. Jesus said in the sermon on the mount, “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you. . .”(Matt. 6:30).
God Loves Us
There is no love like the love that God has demonstrated for His creation. The highlight of God’s love can be seen in the golden text of the Bible. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16). Paul told the Romans, “But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). When we ponder the fact that God gave His only son to die for our sins, surely we should be motivated to worship Him.
There Is No Other
We ought to worship God because there is no other God to worship. As the people in the Old Testament were told, “Look unto me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isa. 45:22). If we don’t worship God, it is like Peter said about Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (Jn. 6:68). There is only “one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:6). It is either we worship the only true and living God, or we don’t really worship anyone at all!
Heaven Will Be a Place of Worship
Heaven will be an extension of our worship after our earth life. People who don’t like to worship God while here would be most uncomfortable in heaven! As the book of Revelation closes, God’s people are pictured as they worship God. John reported that “they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are thy ways, you King of saints …for all nations shall come and worship before you” (Rev. 15:3-4).
Conclusion: Yes, we should always be mindful that if we don’t obey and worship God, hell awaits us. (2 Thess 1:7-9) However, consider that God made us, provides for us, and loves us. He even provides a reward for those who obey him. (Tit 1:2 f; Mk 16:16) God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pet 3:9) If we are unwilling to worship God now, why should God be expected to save us then? Therefore, let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, and let us be glad to enter into the house of the Lord. (Heb 10:25 f; Ps 122:1)