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Ask not what your church can do for you…

Today I’m posting over at the Isaiah 53:5 project! It’s time to take a good look at our attitude in worship.

Happy Friday!

The Isaiah 53:5 Project

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“I didn’t get anything out of it”

Have you ever caught yourself saying that about worship services?

The above phrase is merely a euphemism for this one: “What’s in it for me?”

Humans are not masochists by nature. We want what is best for ourselves. We want cars that run properly (and look nice). We want to go to a reputable college. We want to live in a low-crime neighborhood with Mr. Rogers as our next door neighbor. We want to worship with a  church that meets our needs. We want to get a return-on-investment so to speak.

There is nothing inherently wrong with desiring pleasant things for ourselves. The problem arises when we want to take more than we give or when we give only so we can get something back. Is that the attitude of Christ? Was his life a selfish, self-seeking, self-serving life or a selfless, sacrificial…

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8 thoughts on “Ask not what your church can do for you…

  1. Thank you for a great lesson. I would add we also ‘belong/attend’ to church because it’s there we grow in relationship with other Christians. We learn about joyful submission, and forgiveness, and encouragement and much else! We can’t do any of that if we’re not committed to the Body of Christ. I say that as someone who has sorely missed being part of a church fellowship for many years. But in worship, brother Elihu – are we coming expectantly? Quietly before the throne of God? Or noisily, chatting to our friends, heads full of distractions… or coming to our heavenly Father in reverence and awe? Bless you for this – as you can see – you’ve got me thinking! 😊

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    1. I agree! Those are excellent lessons that we learn as part of a local congregation. We learn to love brethren—even those who make themselves difficult to love.

      And yes, I have often thought that we come to worship all too often focused on our worldly concerns and for more social reasons (and I say ‘we’ because I have all too often done this). I am thankful for my wilderness time because it has shown me that I can’t rely on people to fill me spiritually; I have to seek God, serve God and be filled by God, and then seek to serve and refresh others. On Sundays when my feet and hands are dragging, I remind myself why I go to worship—it isn’t for me, it’s for God! It’s such a small way to show Him that He is important. It’s so helpful to encourage the Elijah’s of our churches that they are not alone in wanting to serve God.

      Thanks for the great comment, Reuben. You have such great insights. I pray that you will be edified and encouraged by the congregation you worship with. 😊

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  2. Yes, wilderness. For the past 7 years I’ve lived in the high desert of California. It’s an isolated community, very sparse and dry. it has also been a Spiritual wilderness, my faith has struggled severely. But within the last year the Lord has been reviving me again through His Word. I just had to start drinking the water that He gives. 😀

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  3. Excellent post, with a much-needed lesson! Sounds as though it were taken straight from Our Purpose page! Thanks, Elihu, because it’s so good to know others are carrying the same burdens. We are not alone!

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