We pay extra money to be up close at a concert. We’ll go to every length to just see a celebrity or even better get their autograph. We all want to go backstage and meet them. We want to be close to the athletes to meet them. We think we “know” these peoples lives. None of these people know who we are, nor do they remember us.
However, God longs for us to draw near to Him. Why is it we’ll do everything in our power to be in the front row of a concert or athletic event but come Sunday morning we’re sitting in the back row?
The other day i was reading the description of the Throne of God. Isaiah says it this way:
“It was in the year King Uzziah diedt that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.
2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.
3 They were calling out to each other,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
The whole earth is filled with his glory!”
4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.”
John says it this way in Revelation:
Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” 2 And instantly I was in the Spirit,t and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. 3 The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. 4 Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spiritt of God.
6 In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal.
In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. 7 The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight.
8 Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—
the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”
9 Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever),10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,
11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
and they exist because you created what you pleased.”
In both of these passages there are seraphim and elders who were worshiping God 24/7. They are the ones who understand that God is the most important. They are the ones who we’re competing with for the front row. But really, we’re not competing.
I wonder, if we really did compete for a spot in the front row to worship what would happen in our life.
What about at church? When was the last time you sat in the front row? I did this past week and only 3 other people were there. I know that when I am in the front row, nothing else competes for my attention. When we’re in the front row in the presence of God, nothing else competes for our attention.
What is competing for your attention? What is dragging you away from the front row where you belong?