When worshiping Jesus this morning I was thinking about these things. It is easy (and appropriate) to worship him for the personal stuff. “Jesus I love the ways you rend space and come to me in very intimate, personal ways - addressing fears and concerns, meeting basic needs, and making my joy complete.” But to worship him because of the nature of his dominion, his rule over all things, his kingdom come to earth; this is less easy in most of the Evangelical worship settings I find myself in because we are almost exclusively focused on the personal advantages of knowing Jesus.
There is a hyper-personalization of our encounter with Christ. He comes with a strictly personal agenda and we respond with worship that rises out of the personal benefits that being in relationship with him brings. But what if his coming kingdom has some apparent disadvantages for me as it did for the rich, young ruler? What if some of the systems of this world are bent toward me in ways that disadvantage others, and he has come to straighten them?
Can I worship Jesus even if his reign causes me to have less money, less status and less power? Can I worship him when his rule will bring the deposing of the powerful and advantaged and the exalting of the powerless, even if I am the powerful and advantaged that get deposed? “He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty,” (Luke 1:53) was the song on his mother’s lips as she considered the radical reversal of fortune the coming of her son signaled.
As someone who has been advantaged by centuries of slavery, who has had doors opened for no reason other than the fact that I carry the right color passport, as someone who has more in common with those upon whom Jesus pronounced woes (Luke 6:24-26) than those who were called blessed - can I still worship?
Even if his coming kingdom takes away all I own, removes all my advantages, and makes me despised by those whom this world regards as great, I worship. I worship because such a kingdom reveals the beauty and glory of a king like nothing this world has to offer.” —http://www.urbana.org/blogs/blog.main.leastofthese.cfm