Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Going to worship each Sunday should be similar to what we experienced this past weekend. It had nothing to do with the building, and everything to do with the people who gathered together, and the intended purpose of our meeting time.

Too many times, Sunday becomes a routine. There is nothing routine about worshipping our Savior.

We came together with students from all over the nation, for the intended purpose of teaching, worship, and fellowship. This translates to the motivation of believers to go out and reproduce through discipleship.

The results are students (and adults) who cannot wait to share what they have with other people. Too often, our expectations for our gatherings on Sundays include a negative attitude about what we are likely to experience. Guess who is the author of this negativity?

Even knowing this, we are duped into believing that the same old thing will happen, we will walk mundanely through it, and then go out to lunch with someone...which is what we are really looking forward to, if the truth be told.

Yes, we get used to our pastors and their delivery style, and it becomes easy to tune them out. But they are God's anointed servants, whom He sent to us to bring the Word. We must embrace and encourage these who spend so much time trying to race through ridiculous schedules that leave them little to no time with their own families. Something we are not very likely to tolerate in our own homes, yet we expect it of our pastors.

Somehow, we continue to believe that they don't really "do" anything but preach on Sunday and Wednesday. That their jobs are "easy," and we could do what they do in a heartbeat. Guess who is the author of those thoughts?

If we are to truly make our houses of worship a place that is inviting, exciting, and an centered around our Savior, then we must check our attitudes at the front doors. If we don't expect much, then that is exactly what we will get. If we expect great things, it will be evident in the way we carry ourselves, and how we relate to one another. There will be joy in our body language.

It's time we replace the sad experiences that too many are having on Sunday morning with hearts bursting with gladness. This can only happen if we are truly yielded to him. If we do not allow the enemy to dominate our thoughts with negativity. If we embrace our brothers and sisters with expectation and encouragement.

As long as we remain in our own little world when we attend church, our churches will never resemble what Christ prayed for in John 17. He is looking for Unity, and we are pursuing our own agenda's. He is looking for us to bring Him glory, and we are seeking our own.

Perhaps if we established "attitude check stations" at church entrances, like the coat check areas you see in some places, things would change.

What if we actually prayed and prepared our hearts before going into the presence our King?

Most of us do that before we go into important meetings, or before we encounter anything that we view as important. When did worshipping our Savior fall off of that list?

"Come as you are," but please...prepare your hearts.

brent

5 Comments:

At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is something that I have to constantly remind myself of. I try hard to not "rate" or "grade" what is taking place, but sometimes I let little things creep in. And you are so right about the author of deception. Thanks for this reminder to come prepared to worship our King.

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder! I forget so many times the real purpose why I go to church... not to socialize, although one purpose of the church is for fellowship, but for diving deeper into the heart of God and getting taught by a learned man of God.
I love it when I feel convicted, because I know that God is still working passionately in my life!
I love you guys!!
always praying,
Mary

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, you do such a nice job delivering devotions daily. That is what this site has become for me - my daily devotion. I'm in need of a special devotion/message though and it's funny that you just happened to talk about attending church today. I'm in need of a special message that reminds everyone about the importance of attending a worship service. If you find it in your heart to write something like this, please share with us! I will be reading... Thank you, Indianapolis

 
At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dad--

that is my heart cry. that church just wouldn't even be church anymore. i get so stinkin sick of it, especially coming from a large church. thats why i love weekends like this past one so much.. reminds me of what its all about, and what it doesn't have to be like!

i love you guys!
praying always..
~kristin

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

I had the experience a few weeks ago of hearing what I might have labeled as a "mediocre" message and yet being taught a profound truth by the Spirit of God as He spoke through His Word. God is faithful regardless, and His Spirit is our teacher. We cannot receive from Him if our fists are clenched and our hearts closed. Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord, and prepare us to see--and hear from--You!

praying in pink,
with tender love,

Marti

 

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