Wow! What a day of worship. The choir sounded wonderful. The testimonials were powerful. The church was full. There was an investment in this service that can easily go unnoticed. The choir has been working on “Mountain Mover” for over a month. The song was selected several months before that. The testimony has been in the works for a couple of weeks. All of the pieces have been prayed over and to the best of the leadership’s ability directed by God. Yesterday’s wonderful service was the result. People left church rejoicing to have been in worship with their church family.
I believe that this is God’s design for worship. His people seek him. They seek to know him. They seek to be close to him. They seek to follow his leadership. God’s people begin to use their gifts. They step outside of their comfort zone and allow God to use them. Earnest prayers are prayed for a service . . . prayers that God will use each person, that His presence will be real and powerful. What is most amazing is how the whole of worship, from beginning to end is so much greater than the sum of the individual parts.
Worship is not a spectator sport. Worship is something that is active and something that we invest in. In Romans 12, Paul seeks the highest investment from the church at Rome, their individual lives. He wanted them to present their lives. He wanted them to present the life they had lived that week as an offering of worship. Is my life of worship worthy to be given to God? Is how I live on Monday morning or Thursday night an offering worthy of being given to my God?
As you ponder these questions let me challenged you this week to invest in worship. What do I mean by this? Find ways to pray for next Sunday’s worship time. Invite others to be a part of worship with us. One great way to invest in a worship time is to have someone there for the first time. You will be praying that they will experience God’s presence and power. Consider the life you live this week as an offering to God and see if it changes how you live. Stay focused on how God is at work and how he is leading in your life. Finally, be active in worship. Sing from your heart. Smile because you are glad to be with your church family and because you can sense God’s presence. Love on others. Be fully present in mind, body and spirit. Respond to how God is working in your life and in the life of the service. I believe that if we will do these things that we will be amazed at the sweetness of worship and the fruit that it produces.