Five Questions to Ask Yourself About Worship
What do you think of when the subject of worship comes up? Do you think of the time spent singing during a Sunday morning right before the sermon? Or do you see it differently? We were asked a lot of questions during the sermon on Sunday at my church. They were hard questions. Those kind that make you go ouch inside your head. While I’m not 100% sure I got every one of them jotted down, I believe I got most of them. In no particular order below are the questions that were asked during the message on Sunday on the subject of Worship. Referencing John 2:13-25
1. Is your worship a distraction to others or does it draw others in?
What you’ve been doing all week is reflected on Sundays in your worship. You can learn so much about a person by watching them and spending a short amount of time with them. Our hearts give us away everytime...what does your heart say about you?
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45
Worship happens when we serve one another…it sets the atmosphere. Again, our attitudes come straight from our hearts. Are we serving one another and truly loving each other?
Serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13
2. Is your worship genuine and helps other grow in their faith?
Our lives play a part in the lives of others. I really don't think we understand just how much we influence others. How much we're watched. How our choices affect other people in our lives.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16
3. How serious are you about worship?
The order in which we do life is worship. What are your priorities? What do you spend most of time doing or thinking about? Those are the things we worship.
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18
4. Do you go to church when you don’t feel like it, does your worship stretch you?
Nothing can be built without the involvement of a body of people. You've heard the saying, "it takes a community" right? Well, it does. We simply need each other. We were created that way.
From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:16
Worship truly means to love one another putting their needs above our own. Are you always thinking about yourself? Do you put others needs ahead of yours? Whew, this is a hard one in our world today, isn't it?
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
5. Has your worship changed in the last 12 months?
This is a hard one to answer if you're not willing to be honest with yourself. It should be a red flag to us if we can't answer this with a positive yes. A yes would mean that you've grown, that your worship is deeper than a year ago. That you're more intimate with your Saviour. Not just in knowledge, but real growth.
Therefore, let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity. Hebrews 6:1
It doesn’t really matter that I’ve attempted to bring some sort of order to my scattered sideways doodle note taking covering every available inch on the backside of my bulletin, but it does matter how you answer each of these questions for yourself. I didn't answer for you and I don't need you to answer them for me. They are hard questions, but as I learned on Sunday, worship isn’t meant to be hard. And it’s not meant to be easy. I encourage you to seek God about each one of these questions. I believe as you seek Him with all your heart you will find He has much to say to you in answer to each of them. Worship is hard and it is easy. We’ve chatted a little before about bothand. Worship is both hard and easy. In fact, I would suggest taking one question at a time and really searching His word for what He has to say to you personally regarding your worship.