Do you come to church on Sundays or do you come to worship?
There is a big difference in attitude between coming to church and coming to worship. In her book, Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children Into the Joy of Worship, Robbie Castleman states:
"Worship is not about refuelling to get us through another week. Worship is not a system of traditions built up over many years of congregational life until everyone feels comfortable. Worship is not a time to unwind, relax, tune out or take a mental vacation. Worship is not an hour of Christian entertainment…..Worship is the surrender of our souls to a God who is jealous for our attention, time and love. Worship is a challenge."
Worship is something we do, not something done to us. It is God focussed – it isn’t about me or my preferences.
Do you come on Sunday to be fed or to help with the feeding?
At a conference I attended last week, a pastor said he allowed people to be fed for the first 5 years at his church but from then on he expected people to help with the feeding. It made me think of Jesus feeding the 5000 – the disciples fed the people, not Jesus – and Jesus telling Peter to “feed my sheep”. We all need feeding at some stage until we are able to feed ourselves. Once we can do that, no matter what age we are, we are capable of helping with the feeding.
May you find yourself more fully in God’s presence this week and be willing to “feed His sheep”.
Leonie Dekker - Family Ministry Coordinator