In this season, our worship has changed. It looks a little different than our traditional Sunday trips to our local churches with our family.
It seemed like a new transformation was beginning to happen as several churches last year began hosting revivals once a month, uniting communities and neighbors together in places other than church buildings.
How were we to know that God was preparing us for such a time as this? Even when met with opposition regarding these meetings, God was still moving. His love never went silent, revivals continued, and people still worshipped. In 1 Thessalonians 2:2, the Bible says, “We were emboldened by our God to speak the gospel of God to you in spite of great opposition.”
Our worship was changing… then the virus
Church buildings are closed. We miss those times being in our church surrounded by our family and friends; however, there is a stirring within. A new revival of sorts. Worship has not been defeated. It is happening in our homes.
Worship is different for each of us. It exists in song, scripture reading, prayer, online services, and so many other ways we devote time to our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Worship, as defined by Webster, is “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration.” Reverence is defined as “deep respect.” Adoration is defined as “deep love, worship, respect.”
Worship has always been personal, but now personal worship has taken on a new meaning. It has awakened something inside us. Worship is that connection between you and God. There is nothing else that can compare. That yearning that there is something greater in you than your failures or past mistakes.
In 1 John 4:4, the Bible says, “Greater is He that is within me than he who is in the world.” God has a plan for our life and “now is the time” to seek Him.
Most people say that during this social distancing period they have noticed their worship time with God has gotten more personal, intentional, and has them and their families noticing things they once missed. And, it’s also happening more than two days a week.
Church has left the building
As new ways of personal worship have been preparing us for action, we have begun to look around, noticing needs in our neighborhoods. Local servants have provided student lunches, birthday parades, helped with storm cleanup, picked up groceries for neighbors, families picking up trash in their neighborhoods, window reminders of encouragement and art, family dinners, and window visits to nursing homes — just to name a few.
All these are examples of ways to show Jesus to others and to deliver Jesus to them at the same time. Jesus met people where they were. He brought hope when some wanted to give up. This is one way He is preparing our hearts during our personal time of worship. We should use this time wisely. Listen, look, go be Jesus to the world.
We are the church
We are what makes up the body of the church. Jesus lives inside me and all of those who have accepted Him into our hearts; therefore, making us the hands and feet of Jesus.
When church buildings do open again, will we remember how our worship has changed us? If so, what are we going to do about it?
God is preparing us, the church, the body, to remember to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We must not forget the people outside our church buildings once doors open back up. Visit the homebound, send letters to the prisoners, take Jesus with you, share Him, remind others of the hope that Jesus gives.
In John 4:23, the Bible says, “But an hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers, will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people, the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” God is seeking worshipers. How has your worship changed? How has your worship changed you?
Worship does not stand still;
It never has and never will.
It is a movement in the heart,
often on your knees is where it may start.
It is an action of reverence to our Lord,
To the Preparer of all things, a Mighty Restorer.
It is a rhythm with a unique beat,
from the heart and stirring movement in the feet.
Causing one to stand and trust Jesus more,
a new kind of revival like never before.