Sunday morning is here. Everyone takes their seat. The countdown reaches zero and the service takes off! The house lights go dim and the LEDs come on. The band plays, the music is loud and people clap. The pastor preaches and we nod our heads. Everyone prays and leaves…the service ends. Sound familiar?
If we aren’t careful, even something as important as what happens on a Sunday morning, can become empty; just a program to accomplish. We can so easily make it about everything else instead of making Sunday what it’s designed to be about.
It’s only about Jesus.
It doesn’t matter whether you are on staff at a church, a volunteer, or someone just attending. If our focus isn’t on Jesus, we have missed the mark.
“The Great God values not the service of men, if the heart be not in it: The Lord see and judges the heart; he has no regard to outward forms of worship, if there be no inward adoration, if no devout affection be employed therein. It is therefore a matter of infinite importance, to have the whole heart engaged steadfastly for God.” ~ Isaac Watts
It’s not about our works, it’s about our heart. There is nothing wrong with lights. There is nothing wrong with a full band and loud praise. There is really nothing wrong with program or keeping things organized. Those are all just tools. But there is a problem when our focus shifts to make the service about those things. It’s a fine line that we have to constantly check our hearts.
Our natural inclination will be to start worshipping the creation instead of the Creator. We must guard our hearts on this. A church service is to celebrate what God has done and who He is.
Whether you are staff, volunteer, or regular attendee, make church about Jesus. Don’t get hung up on the small things that are a matter of preference. Worship is a choice that we make.
We can make it about Jesus or everything else.