Matthew 22:36, 37
Here we are gathered together on another Sunday, and I’d like to ask you a question:
WHY ARE YOU HERE? (Do you know?)
If we had the time to ask for individual responses, I imagine we would receive a bunch of different answers because I believe each one of us has a personal, unique reason for being here on Sundays. I know my answer would be: “To worship God”! And I think that anyone here would have an idea of what I mean, but I’m also certain that your idea of worship is different than mine or anyone else’s. That’s because we are diverse by nature and worship is personal. But we all do it on Sundays.
Have you wondered just WHY you worship? I suspect a common answer would be: “That’s what Christians are supposed to do”. Some may believe, “That’s how I get my ticket punched.” And so on…. You may think you’re part of an audience wondering whether the worship performance will make you feel inspired and spiritual – will make you feel that God was glad you came and that your Sunday morning wasn’t wasted. If you have or had thoughts like that, then you don’t understand Grace – the unmerited, unearned and unconditional Love that God never stops giving us.
All of us have loved someone strongly and, in doing so, hoped that special someone will return our love just as strongly. When we love someone, we yearn to be loved back. God’s no different. He yearns for each of us to return His love, and He made it possible to come before Him as forgiven sinners through His Son, Jesus. So how do we love God back in our worship? We surrender. We turn ownership (not the responsibility) of our lives over to Him. We can then enter humbly. We move from audience to performer in the worship drama, and we tell Him we love Him in our prayers. It’s a start. If we get worship right, we’ll want to do more. Discipleship is dead ahead.
Here’s the way I see it: Each time we worship on Sunday, we lay down another stepping stone on our salvation path. If we do it right, worship is how we get ready for eternity, and Sundays are our way-stations along the way. Remember, God loves us unconditionally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Worship is our way to love Him back, and we do it on Sundays. AMEN.