Worship can easily become routine.
We go through the week just getting by. Every day – wake up, go to work, take care of the kids, do the dishes, take care of the laundry, numb the busyness with a bit of TV, and then off to bed. Wash. Rinse. And Repeat. Until Saturday arrives. Then it’s a full day of catching up on what didn’t get done throughout the week or squeezing in time with friends or ___(fill in the blank)___. Then Sunday morning comes around, the alarm clock goes off, and we rush off to church, sing a few songs, try not to fall asleep during the sermon, put a little cash in the plate, and head home for a nap before the football game.
When worship becomes just another check mark during the craziness of our week, then worship, well, isn’t actually worship.
We have become okay with giving God our seconds.
And God, He’s still God. Which means seconds aren’t okay. In fact, He would rather us not worship than worship with our seconds: “Who is there among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain? I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of Hosts, nor will I accept an offering from your hand” (Malachi 1:10).
He wants our best. Or He wants nothing at all! God is not okay with lukewarm: “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16).
When we come together to worship Him, it should be with our everything: our full focus, a 10% tithe, a cheerful heart, a longing to sense His presence, a desire to do His will, a willingness to set aside our own desires, and so much more. And so often, we bring Him less than our best. We are distracted. We let our circumstance define our attitude (super guilty of this one). We get annoyed with other people. We become frustrated when the music isn’t what we want.
And that’s just Sunday mornings! Worship isn’t just a church service. Worship should be a way of life. How we live, how we act, how we treat others – this is living worship. And it should always be our best. When we don’t forgive, when we harbor bitterness, when we gossip, worry, lie, steal, etc….then we are most certainly giving Him our second best.
The church in America is dying. Slowly. But surely. And I have no doubt that this is because God is tired of our second-hand worship, our complacent attitude, our indifference toward sin.
I’m sick of living in this state of second-hand. It’s depressing and certainly not fulfilling. I need a change. We all need a change.
So let’s do something about it! Change starts with you and I. When things are good, when they are great and God-ordained, you better believe it will be contagious.
So, how are YOU worshipping?