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Eyes on God

I am currently taking a course on Leading and Planning Worship for my lay ministry certification. I was struck by this statement in the reading, “If there is an audience in worship, it is God’ Soren Kierkegaard wrote. The way many of our worship spaces are set up with pews facing a “stage” gives the opposite impression. It looks like the congregation is the audience!” ~ When I am leading who am I and who am I leading, by Daniel Benedict, Instructor

I think this is an important concept. I’ve seen too many people leave the church because they think that the worship service and ministries are there for them and they’re not getting what they want out of it. People leave the church because a screen is hung that blocks the stain glass windows, the carpet color is changed, or the pastor didn’t visit when they wanted him to. We think about ourselves and not on what God is calling us to do.

The church is made up of imperfect people with a perfect God. When we focus on the people in the church and what we can get out of it, we forget what the purpose is for the church: to serve God and others. We shortchange ourselves when we focus on what we’re not getting because we’re always disappointed. We lose out on the blessings God has in store for us: joy! Instead, we’re disappointed and bitter. We must get our eyes off the mirror and on Him.

Photo by Jorik Kleen on Unsplash

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