A Word on Worship as a Product to Consume

A Word on Worship as a Product to Consume

People are consumers.  In fact, I’m consuming a tasty cup of coffee as a write this.  With worship, however, I challenge churches if the goal is to satisfy the congregation. What I mean by that is churches shouldn’t feel as though they did their job if they merely led people to the spiritual gas station in the hopes that they’ll come back again when their tanks get low.

Eugene Peterson says that “Worship does not satisfy our hunger for God—it whets our appetite.  Our need for God is not taken care of by engaging in worship—it deepens.  It overflows the hour and permeates the week.”

Yesterday was Sunday.  Were you spiritually filled?  If so, great.  Being spiritually nourished is a wonderful result of worship, but it is a secondary one.  The primary result from worship should be a deeper desire for God’s presence and input into your everyday: your family, your job, your relationships, your decision-making.

We have to fight the temptation to focus on ourselves in worship (“I just didn’t feel it today”) and focus more on the cross and the fact that we are in the presence of God Almighty.

In worship, you are in the presence of God Almighty.

That is how we grow in answering the call of worship: when we realize more and more our dependence on God, and develop a deeper desire to be near him.

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