The service is too long. I can’t worship with that kind of music. The building is too cold. The church programs don’t suite me. I’m sure you know people in your church who focus on things such as these.
Every weekend we have the privilege to walk through the doors of our churches and worship the way we want to. We can tuck a Bible underneath our arm without wondering if the police are coming to arrest us. We can fall to our knees, lift our hands, and sing praises to God for all he has done without one ounce of persecution.
Lately, I’ve been thinking, “A little persecution in my life might not be such a bad thing.” It would cut off a large supply of comfort in which I’ve grown accustom to. It would knock the wind out of me leaving me breathless and gasping for Jesus.
Do you need the wind knocked out of you today?
What exactly are you concerned about when you walk up the church steps?
What dress to wear, what food to fix, which service to attend? Whatever you’re concerned about doesn’t mean anything unless your concern is in alignment with the cross. Our thoughts should be on the One who was tortured just for us. Our focus should be on a Savior who cried out to God on our behalf. Our hearts delight should be in knowing He is alive!
Sometimes We Get Too Casual About Our Worship
No matter what you are worshipping today, God WILL be worshipped. The Bible talks about people who become too casual in their worship of God. In Malachi 1, God basically says, “If you don’t want to worship me with everything you’ve got, don’t do me any favors.” It doesn’t matter if the room is too cold, you didn’t get your favorite parking spot, or you didn’t like the music, you should be able to worship God anywhere, anytime, and anyplace.
“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Today let’s celebrate a God who says I WILL. I will be exalted. I will be worshipped. I will raise this temple on the third day. No matter what is going on in your life right now, he WILL be exalted in it, through it, and because of it.
So when we’re dressed in our Sunday best and seated in a climate controlled room, instead of asking, “Did I get anything out of my worship?” Maybe the question we should be asking is, “Did God get anything out of my worship?”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (NIV)