We may worship imperfectly but we cannot worship insincerely. – John MacArthur
At my home church in Wisconsin, there was a wonderful gray-headed lady named Win who bent over backwards to get young people into the church. One day, however, she pulled my dad aside and said, "Stuart, I have a concern! It's this music these young people are introducing to our worship service."
"What about it?"
"Well, it's just not right!"
"I just don't like it, Stuart. I just don't like it!"
My dad replied, "I can understand. But, I have an idea. Next time we're doing a song you don't like, instead of wondering when it will be over, look for people who are connecting with God through that song. Pray for them and thank God that they're connecting with Him."
The next week, Win came back and said, "Stuart it worked. It was so fun! I prayed for so many people. Today I hope we have a bunch of songs I don't like again, so I can do it some more!"
We should never feel obligated to worship the same way as the person next to us. Instead, we can genuinely express ourselves, and worship in accordance to the way that God has created each of us.
Can you imagine how boring church would be if we were all created the same? Win no longer felt the need to sing the same songs everyone else did. Instead she rejoiced and thanked God for those around her. She still worshiped in spirit and in truth.
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." – John 4:24
God seeks "true" worshipers who will worship authentically anywhere, without regard to locality, and without worrying about what other people think. While we may worship imperfectly, we can't worship insincerely. Just as God zealously seeks us, in the Spirit we can zealously seek to worship God in spirit and truth.
God, I want to be an authentic worshiper. Allow my worship to come from the inside out today, I pray. If I express my emotion in a way that might embarrass me with the person sitting next to me, I don't care, because I'm doing it in You! Amen.
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