We all want to make the most of our time. I've never met anyone who has said, "You know what, I really just want to waste my time doing things that don't matter." In our podcast, youtube, online world, it's easy to catch a service, message, or even a message clip and call it good. So, why does worship matter? Is attending church even necessary? Why should we "not neglect our meeting together" (Heb 10:25)? A few thoughts:
1. Worship takes our focus off of ourselves.
Our "me-focused" existence is challenged when we worship together. When we take dedicated time to fix our eyes on Jesus, we are reminded that it's all about Him. When we come into the house of God to worship, we are encouraged to look to Jesus who is the real source of our strength and our hope, taking the pressure of our burdens off of us, and placing it at the foot of the cross.
2. Worship places us in the context of the family of God.
When we worship with our church family in a service, we are surrounded by the people that make up the church or the "family of God." We hear the people next to and behind us singing and, for a moment, we are reminded that the church is something that's bigger than us. We are surrounded by God's people, singing God's praises, and that's a powerful thing. This is something that you can't get from a podcast or worshipping God alone in your room. The community of faith worshipping together matters. The story of what God has done in your life has the potential to build the faith of those around you.
3. Worship reminds us of how great God is and builds our faith.
In worship, we sing songs that are uplifting, hear testimonies that inspire our own faith, receive communion which reminds us of Jesus' sacrifice, and we hear the Word of God, which encourages us in our faith. When we walk through trials and struggles, worship is an experience that reminds us that we're not alone, and that God is able to do "exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask or imagine," (See Eph 3:20-21) as we live for His glory.
4. Worship teaches us who God is.
Having a proper understanding of who God is crucial because it is out of this understanding that we process the things that happen in our lives and in our world. The songs we sing will (hopefully) give us an understanding of God as one who is mighty, powerful, able, and above all and at the same time personal, intimate, and near. These truths set to melodies that we sing have the potential to transform the trajectory of our lives.
The benefits of God's people gathering together for worship are so great! While there are no perfect churches, I am SO thankful that God works through imperfect people to encourage and build faith in my life.
What are some ways that worship has made an impact in your life?