Over the past few weeks, we have been studying worship as a congregation. We have been learning how to worship better as a community of believers. While discussing this topic amongst NewSong band members, I know that I'm not the only one who is learning from this. The idea that we need to take every moment captive for the Lord Jesus during worship on Sunday morning isn't a novel idea. It's what is expected of all of us as Christians for our Sunday morning routine. However, I have been feeling like we really need to examine that line. It's easy to say, but not so easy to do. Being focused, leaving our outside thoughts behind, and surrendering to the Spirit amongst other people is not only hard, but it's scary.
I'll let you in on a big secret. I work for weeks to get a Sunday morning service ready. I've been through the service ten times before it's Sunday morning. Being the worship leader, I come ready to praise God on Sunday morning. Jim talked about being expectant about our time with the Lord. It's my job to be expectant about that time!! But believe it or not... (here's the big secret)... sometimes I'm thinking about other things while I stand up there. Now, don't worry. Not the whole time! I worry that the electric is playing the solo, or that the drums are coming down in volume or if my battery is about to die. What I've come to know over the years is that one of the areas where the Enemy works heavily in my life is the area of distraction. For example, I love studying the Bible at night before I go to sleep. (I dream every night.. The Bible tends to help those dreams be happier! Unless, of course, I'm reading about a battle.) But sometimes, I find myself sitting in the bed filing my nails instead of reading. Or I am headed to Starbucks to study my Bible and all of the sudden, taking a run seems like a better idea.
Now to be honest, taking a run isn't my favorite thing, so you can see how powerful this distraction thing is!
It's hard for all of us to concentrate on Sunday mornings. I know some of you wonder if your kid is okay in Sunday School. Some of you are thinking, "My feet hurt. Will she let us sit down?" "That hair sticking to the shirt of the woman in front of me is driving me nuts. I wonder if she'll notice me grabbing it..."
We all struggle with this. So this Sunday, as we come together to worship, I implore you to declare to the Lord that you will not be distracted! Tell Him that He is worthy of all of our attention and that the Enemy has no power over you. "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you" (Romans 16:20)
Thank You Lord that You are not offended by our human, wandering minds. Let our thoughts be taken captive by You! We love you and want to worship You and give You all the honor and glory that You deserve! We will not be ashamed by our worship this Sunday because You have never been, are not, and will not ever be ashamed of us.
Therefore, go forth and be not distracteth!
I promise, I'll be praying that prayer with you.