I had last Sunday off and I planned to worship at the Reformed church in Interlaken. But Caleb got sick, so I stayed home with him. My worship experience was holding him in my lap, watching the Veggie Tales movie “Jonah”. He cuddled up to me, reaching his hand up and stroking my face. Occasionally, he would look up with a big grin on his face and snuggle up to my chest. Not a word was said, we simply enjoyed each other’s company. He didn’t have to do anything. Just be himself – with me. It was great, I took delight in his presence.
God delights in our presence. We were made to please God – not in what we do, but in who we are. The simply truth is –
God created us to share His love with us and for us to show our love for Him.
God shares his love with us throughout our lives. And God wants us to show our love for Him no matter where we are or what we do. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do it for the glory of God.” We were made to please God and the surest way to please God is to build a relationship with God in Jesus Christ.
This relationship can begin anytime, anywhere. Someone came up to my wife last week, eager to share the good news that last Saturday night, she asked Jesus into her life. She was visiting a friend and the Spirit led her to open her heart to him as her Lord and Savior. Her walk with Christ has begun.
One of the first places she was led in her walk with Christ was to worship. Worship within a faith family is an essential place for us to be if we are to grow in our relationship with our Savior.
Often people confuse what worship is all about. As we prepare for worship, we need to keep this one thing in mind –
The most important thing is not how we worship, but who we worship.
How easy it is to forget this. Many churches (we’ve even been one of them) have battled over how we worship – whether to be silent or talk, what songs we sing, how much Scripture to read and who should read it, where to sit, stand, or move. So many things. In the midst of these debates we lose sight of the one thing we most need to be focused on if our worship is to please God. We come here not to please ourselves, but to praise God – to come to know Jesus Christ and become more like Him. Christ didn’t insist on having things his way. He sacrificed his own needs and desire so that others might be saved.
I think we’ve come a long way in following Christ’s example. The other day a man who is new to our church shared with me that he’s been going through a lot in his life. He said the one thing he can count on each week is coming to church and finding a spiritual haven here – a place where he can hear God’s word and be strengthened to face the week. The Holy Spirit is speaking through our worship and I have no doubt God is pleased each time we are able to focus not on what we are getting out of worship, but what we are putting into it.
The most important thing is not how we worship, but who we worship. We worship the one true God we come to know in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth we find in God’s Word.