Saturday, 31 July 2010

Will you worship?

Millions of Christ-followers will worship Jesus this Sunday. Many of this number will be distracted and will leave their church buildings feeling empty. I have been greatly challenged by this quote from Louie Giglio:

"When God is not greatly praised, it's only because we don't think he's that great of a God. When our worship is small, it is because our concept of God is small. When we offer God little-bitty sacrifices, it's because we have somehow reduced him in our hearts to a little-bitty God. Our vision has become clouded, our hearts distracted. As a result, our lives shrivel into insignificance and meaninglessness. We just bump along in this mass of humanity, having no real clue what life is all about. We fret. We get depressed. We worry and get bent out of shape. We go down all kinds of dead end paths as we try to accomplish everything by ourselves. Sometimes leading to irreversible destruction."

What will our response be?

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'" - Luke 4:8

Living in Grace,


lynda bache said...


Delme Linscott said...

Thanks Linda

John van de Laar said...

The challenge this offers me as a worship leader and minister is this: How do I enable people to recognise God's awesomeness? Do I allow the worship I lead to make God look small? Or do I take the responsibility of leadership seriously enough to invite people into the abundant, glorious, eternal grace and beauty of God?

The truth is that for many of us, recognising God's greatness is too scary - once we've really seen who God is (as much as we can anyway), we have no more excuses for our mediocrity, our lovelessness and our lack of Christlikeness. It's truly a frightening thing to fall into the hands of the living God, as the writer to the Hebrews said!

Thanks for this, Delme.

Delme Linscott said...

Your thoughts are inspiring John. I am looking forward to your book coming out.