At Gateway we long to be a community whose lives of worship truly glorify God and demonstrate his goodness to those around us who are far from him – we were made for such a purpose,
“But you are a chosen people, […] that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
It is easy to think of worship as being simply a personal thing between you and God, but I wonder how often we think about our worship being key to seeing people become followers of Jesus? That is Peter’s point (above), you are now God’s people, with the expressed purpose of declaring how great he is to those who are still in darkness as you once were!
In light of this, I hope that over this last month as we have begun engaging with worship you see the importance of asking yourself the question, ‘what (or whom) receives the majority of my time, attention, energy and desire?’ It’s a fairly good indicator to answer the question, ‘what, or whom do I really worship?’
However, not only is the substance and quality of your worship key to building you up in faith and to pointing people far from God to him. But it is also key to you playing your part in Gateway, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with
the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18-20)
Our worship is hugely important as we gather, “that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:6) Being together and singing to each other, (not just alone) increases our desire for God, and unifies and centres our community around Jesus.
So, as we gather this morning, why are you singing? I’m going to be singing from my heart to encourage you(!), glorify God, and hopefully point someone to him.
Oh yes, and to be blessed.