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When Church Becomes Worship

on August 24, 2013

Church

It’s almost here:  Sunday, a day when brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world gather together to worship the one true God.  And this Sunday, I will be able to go to church!  Isn’t that exciting! I’m ready, ready for worship, for fellowship, even for conviction to sting my heart during worship.

I’m ready for serving, for listening, for both giving and receiving.  I’m ready for hugs and how-are-yous and happy-to-see-you-todays.  I’m so ready that I would love to skip right over Saturday straight to Sunday!

I wish I could say I felt this way each and every Sunday, but the truth is that I don’t.  Many Sundays, I would rather not attend church.  I would rather not serve or worship or fellowship.  I usually go anyways; it’s kind of hard not to when you’re the pastor’s wife. 🙂  But on those Sundays when I grudgingly rise up from bed and grudgingly head out the door to church, I’m the loser, the one who misses out.

There is nothing different about those Sundays except for my own attitude.  I take worship for granted and fail to see it for the privilege that it is.  Thus, I miss out on the blessing church attendance could be.

It’s funny, really, how an illness or injury or absence of any kind can help you to appreciate those things in life that sometimes feel like burdens rather than the blessings that they truly are.  Like family.  Like motherhood.  Like worship.  Like serving the Lord.  We who are in Christ, especially here in America, are blessed with so many privileges that we fail to see as such!

When does church attendance become a burden?  When do we forget the blessing of knowing God, of being chosen?  When does spiritual life become less razzle-dazzle and more ho-hum?

It happens when we forget who we are and who He is.  Because when I remember what an unworthy sinner I am, how flawed, how small, how unlikely to be chosen, I know my real place.

And when I remember who He is,

the King of Kings,

Creator of the heavens and earth,

Blessed Redeemer,

Constant Provider,

a Refuge of Comfort,

Faithful Friend,

Lover of my soul,

then I leap at the chance to give Him the praise He is due!

I’m reminded, too, that I live in America, the land of the free, while so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ around the world do not share in that privilege to fellowship and worship without fear!  In fact, nearly a third of the world does not even know the truth of a Savior who willingly bled and died for the sake of our redemption from sin and slavery.

And with that perspective, the opportunity to worship with fellow believers becomes a blessing and not a burden, a delight rather than a duty.  That’s when church becomes worship.

church 2

I wish we who are in Christ could feel this way about a chance to worship Him in church every Sunday! How powerful would that be?  Even if our church isn’t perfect (and which one is??), even if our relationships aren’t perfect (yes, those, too), even if we aren’t perfect (and no one is, no, not one), our God is perfect.  Does He not deserve our adoration and obedience?

Hebrews 10

19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,

20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;

24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Where will you be this Sunday?  I plan to be praising my Lord at church because

He

is

worthy.

Jen 🙂

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20 responses to “When Church Becomes Worship

  1. Jedidja says:

    Thank you Jen. I shall try go to our church this day. it is a struggle for me. After church divisions I try to find my balance. Forget … my orthodox roots and focus on God’s message to me in the church today. I sometimes struggle with fear of being in the church. I feel restless. Bit claustrophobic … Please pray for me …

  2. Yes, it is indeed a privilege to go to worship. I agree. I am still on sabbatical after the birth of our newborn.

  3. The title of your post caught my eye because I wrote about a similar topic today. I’ve not always looked forward to Sunday either, but this past year I have found a group of people that LOVE to worship the Lord, and it’s been so encouraging. Thanks for sharing and being honest here!

  4. saleslady371 says:

    What a beautiful post and I love your sense of humor!

  5. Helene says:

    I appreciate your honesty. No one “feels” great all the time not even the preacher’s wife. 🙂
    We’re writing about the idea of church to this week. http://www.maidservantsofchrist.com/detail.asp?DetailID=281&Return=/
    Feel free to hop over and have a look.

    • It seems like this topic is on a lot of minds this week. 🙂 And yes, preachers’ wives are just as prone to sin and discouragement as anyone else. I want to delight in the chance to worship the Lord! Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be sure to return the visit.
      Jen 🙂

  6. I also have been convicted about worship. I posted on it this week as well, it is a privledge to worship, and I am the one who misses out when it becomes an obligation. Thanks for a great post!

  7. Hi! Visiting from Transformed Tuedays! Yes! When you know who and whose you are…church becomes worship. Thanks for so transparently sharing your heart!

  8. Jenifer says:

    Oh how I love going to His house of worship! But I have had those times when it seems like more work than worship or more drama then fellowship {speaking from another pastor’s wife here}. But oh when we focus on Him and remember that we are His, it is sweet worship!

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman’s Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

  9. “When we remember who He is, then we leap at the chance to give Him praise!” These words struck me today, friend! Thank you! ~ Jen from UNITE

  10. melcaldicott says:

    This is a powerful post. We are so often led by our feelings, our moods at the time or our whims. Yet, if we take a step back, think about why we’re really doing something and become intentional we often get an entirely different perspective.
    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions.

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