Raymond and Nancee Bowman
The value our church has put at the top of its list for 2011 is Worship. Worship is where a lot of people begin their life in God. Many come to faith in Jesus Christ while at Worship. For sure, people have given their lives for the freedom to worship. Others have traveled oceans to worship in a way they believed truly honored God. I suppose that’s why I’m always amazed at how quickly some people can blow off worship.
The enemies of faithful worship are hardly formidable. A sniffle, a Football game, a late Saturday night, or a snowfall all seem to have power over the Contemporary Christian when it comes to being in worship. Spiritual warfare is not always in legendary battle zones, but simply a choice between getting out of bed or just rolling over. Just as poor, I suppose, is to be in worship and not be there, if you know what I mean. God shows up in all His glory, but we may be there in body but not in Spirit. We can go through the motions and words and wonder afterwards, “What
did I just do?” It’s sort of like driving home and not remembering anything that happened along the way.
The Lord has a marked distaste for this sort of absent-inspirit worship. In Isaiah 29:13, He says, "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” That’s why it’s so important to prepare for our times of worship – to come expecting God to do something truly impactful in your life. It means coming ready to behold, to learn, to pray and praise from the heart, and to receive his blessed assurance. You may want to put it all on the preacher or the choir, but in a real way you’re responsible for what you give and receive in worship.
So during this quarter affirm with me as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, Women’s month and family month that you will join in with your brothers and sisters in worship as we bring praise, glory and honor to God.
Raymond Bowman, Pastor