The Reason We Worship

From the Keyboard of everyone’s favorite friend: Daniel Mele.

In my studies at Lancaster Bible College, it was brought to my attention that we, as Christians, sometimes forget why we come together in the first place. Thinking of the comments that Joel Osteen’s wife, Victoria, made about worship not being for the glory of God, but rather because it makes us feel good, opened my eyes to damaging doctrine. We may think that going to church is just the right thing to do or maybe that it makes us feel good. Maybe we feel as if we have the best voice in the congregation and want others to hear how great we sound. Whatever the distraction may be, the reason for corporate worship should ring in our hearts: Praise and Adoration of Christ the Lord!

When we take a step back and realize that we have the privilege of coming before the Throne of the Most High whenever and wherever, it should make us think of what is important. When a sporting event does not turn out the way we had wanted or maybe a certain actor failed to win an award, these things can be a little irritating; even infuriating! Keeping Christ at the center of worship and our lives can be a very difficult thing to remember. The burdens of this world are so distracting and so alluring, we might not see how far we have slipped. Do not get me wrong, I’m not saying sports are bad. I love to watch the Steelers and the VT Hokies execute destruction of the opponent in gridiron glory just as much as the next guy. But, people in and out of church do treat sports as serious as a religion. As real and as frustrating as sports or pop culture may appear, they all pale in comparison to the reality of the Spiritual realm and of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Not to repeatedly harp on football, but while on the topic of worship, I feel it is important to  note how much people idolize these men. People wear jerseys with the names of other men. People dress up and try to look like their favorite athletes and actors. We should want to look like ourselves. We should want to conform to the image of Christ and not to man. No one deserves worship more than Christ. He alone is worthy. Let’s try and remember that each and every day.

Revelation 4:11 (KJV), “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

2 thoughts on “The Reason We Worship

  1. Daniel, I agree with you that often people forget why the Church even meets. In the busyness of ministry and keeping the programs running sometimes what is lost is true worship of our amazing God. Anything else that takes precedence in our lives over Christ, whether that be our own egos, the style we like, sports, jobs, friends or even family, is an idol. We need to continually stress this point in our homes and churches. We need to search our hearts constantly and stay rooted in Scripture, to keep ourselves from wandering. What are some ways that you personally practice to keep Christ first in your life? As a pianist on Sundays, how do you keep yourself mindful of Whom you are worshipping?

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