How Was The Worship?

-Jonathan McGinley-

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
-Hebrews 12:28-29

In this day and age, our minds are trained to consume. We are bombarded by advertisements, products, events, and relationships that are all calling for our attention. There is always something right at our fingertips to entertain us. If something doesn’t hold our attention, then we move on to something else that will. If we get bored with a product, we usually go out and upgrade to the next best thing. I don’t know about you, but if I have even 30 seconds of dead time, I usually pull out my phone and start scrolling through social media or reading sports articles. Our fast-paced culture has taught us that we always need to be entertained and that happiness is found when we focus on ourselves.   

I know in my life, this consumer attitude can sometimes creep into my relationship with God; especially in times of worship. I believe we can worship God in everything we do, but I want to focus specifically on praise and worship. It is so easy to come into a worship service hoping that the band is good, or that they play your favorite song (or maybe they don’t play that one song!). Or, to take it a step deeper, I often times come into worship with an agenda that I want God to do, either in my life or in other’s lives. This is a trap that is so easy to fall into and totally misses the point of why we worship. 

I often get asked the question “How was the worship?” after a church service or event. My immediate thought is “well the band wasn’t very good, and the set list was just a bunch of songs I’ve heard a hundred times.” Or “It was amazing! That band is so gifted and I love their songs.” If these are some of our first thoughts then we are totally missing the point of why we worship God. Instead of asking the question “How was the worship?” we should be asking “How was MY worship?”

If these are some of our first thoughts then we are totally missing the point of why we worship God. Instead of asking the question “How was the worship?” we should be asking “How was MY worship?”

God wants us! He wants to meet with us! The best attitude that we can bring into worship is one of humility and sacrifice. Worship was never intended for us to be the consumers, it was an amazing gift from God created to bring Him the glory He deserves. The only question we should be asking when coming into a worship service is “God, what do you want to do?” and then our response should be to do whatever that is. We cannot control what music is played or how it is played or how long the worship set is. What we can control every time is how WE worship. We can leave everything at the door, fix our eyes on the King, and bring Him the glory and honor and praise He deserves! 

-Jonathan