Rev. 5:11 ¶ Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,
Rev. 5:12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
Ever go on a vacation. Actually you have to make preparations to go. If you travel out of the country you need a passport and possibly a visa. You also need to check the climate, nothing like going to the Southern Hemisphere and realizing our summer is their winter. How much more should we prepare, or acclimate ourselves, for the world to come. If you plan to go to heaven one day you better get ready. It is a quite different place than anything here. Many people would be uncomfortable there because of the excessive worship and excessive joy. Have you ever thought about the possibility that this world is only a preparation for the next? If that is the case many people are missing the boat. Here is how Jonathan Edwards explains this.
“We ought now to begin that work which we intend shall be the work of another world; for this life is given us on purpose that therein we might prepare for a future life. The present state is a state of probation and preparation: a state of preparation for the enjoyments and employment of another, future, and eternal state; and no one is ever admitted to those enjoyments and employments, but those who are prepared for them here. If ever we would go to heaven, we must be fitted for heaven in this world; we must here have our souls moulded and fashioned for that work and that happiness. They must be formed for praise, and they must begin their work here. The beginnings of future things are in this world. The seed must be sown here; the foundation must be laid in this world.”
This should change the way we view church, especially the worship part. Many think that worship is not that important and refer to it as the preliminaries. Actually, I think worship is the most important part of the service. This is our preparation for the worship in heaven that never stops. The worship will be preeminent, preaching will become a distant memory.