There is an erroneous idea today that the main reason we attend worship is to “get something out of the service”, rather than going there to give our worship to God. This is a selfish motive on our part. This is the reason people cannot be satisfied with the worship service when their emphasis is not on the proper object of worship God. People want to “do their own thing” in the worship of the church. What the Bible has to say about worship for many people is of little consequence as long as they are happy and feel good. We must be concerned with what God says on how He is to be worshipped, instead of what we might want to offer Him.
The United States has produced the most entertainment-oriented people the world has ever known. We have more forms of amusement than has ever been know to man, but we still want more. In our age everything is designed to appeal to our emotions and to entertain us. Our pleasure-seeking society gives little thought about pleasing God in their worship. We seem to have forgotten our worship service is to bring glory and honor to God, and not to entertain ourselves.
Much worship today has digressed to be no more than entertainment for people. When we have choirs to sing to us and concerts to entertain us, we are not worshipping God; but we have become spectators who are being entertained. Let us not try to call this worship. This is very disrespectful and demeaning toward God to reduce our worship of God to the entertaining of ourselves. Worship is not a spectator event. We dare not become spectators because in worship, it is God who is the spectator. People have the roles reversed. People expect divine will to conform to what seems right in their own eyes. The emphasis is how can the worship service be made more entertaining to people to please themselves and not God. “The way of the fool is right in his own eyes.” (Proverbs 12:15)
Worship to God is holy and sacred. To pervert and corrupt it with entertainment and what we can “get out of the service” in trying to please and gratify ourselves is nothing short of blasphemy! The sacredness of true worship must not be sacrificed on altars of entertainment-oriented quartets, choirs, and other entertainment groups. Hebrews 13:15 says to “Offer the sacrifice of praise to God, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” In worship we must be the participants, not the observers. We want to please and entertain ourselves. In Galatians 1:10 the question is asked, “Do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Worship is God-centered not man-centered. When our worship is to please God instead of ourselves, then and only then will our worship be meaningful and spiritually uplifting to us and acceptable to God.
When people seek an “emotional high” from worship and don’t get it, they are disappointed and start blaming the song service, the preacher, etc. The world wants their worship service to be “more entertaining”, thus they are failing to worship God in spirit and in truth. Where in the Bible can we go to show that our worship is designed to please the worshipper.
Our worship to God requires commitment on our part. But worshipping Christ as our crucified savior requires commitment, a complete change of our life, and a willingness to do all that He says. Jesus says in Matthew 10:37, “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” God must be first in our lives, and this requires total commitment.
Karmen A. Booker is the Founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry and has written several book including “Seeking the Face of God”, which is a book of inspirational poetry that is sure to encourage you to reach greater spiritual heights.
“If my people which are called by name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn form their wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)
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