Three Questions to Keep Your Worship Focused

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Worshiping God is something that takes real effort to do properly and acceptably. (Note the word “do.”) While the word “worship” can be used as a noun, God uses the word as a verb. Furthermore, it is not used as a passive verb (of something that happens “to” me or “around” me). Worship is an active verb. It is something that takes real effort to do properly and acceptably.

Worship is a holy activity, in which holy beings “offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5). God is the One who is to be praised (Heb. 13:15), the One to be honored (1 Tim. 1:17), the One whose eyes are watching (1 Pet. 3:12) and seeking true worshipers (John 4:23).

How can you and I make sure we are truly worshiping properly and acceptably? We cannot be mere spectators. We cannot just sit inactively. Are you a teenager? How can you stay focused and engaged in worship? Are you a young adult? How can you stay focused and engaged in worship? Are you a new covert? Are you an “old-time” member? How can you stay focused and engaged in worship? Each of us have our own challenges. As a possible help, write these questions down to keep with you and to review throughout a worship service. These questions are not designed to insult or cause resentment; they are for personal reflection and personal incentive to stay focused.

“What if Jesus was sitting right next to me?” Because He is (Heb. 2:12; Matt. 26:29). It’s very difficult to refrain from singing, when I envision Jesus sitting right next to me. It’s terribly embarrassing to fall asleep during the sermon after staying up playing games all Saturday night, when I envision Jesus sitting right next to me.

David Sproule
Palm Beach Lakes church of Christ
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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