Before any of us are lighting designers or musicians or video operators or all the other myriad of ways we serve together at CCCC, we are worshippers. Followers of Jesus.
In regard to us staff, we work pretty hard to debunk the misplaced definition of worship having to do with music alone. Worship is how we live - how every part of our lives gives worth solely to God. There isn’t one area in our lives that, when right and good and healthy, doesn’t equate to worship - no matter how unimportant we think any one area might be.
I want to be a healthy worshipper.
What I’ve come to learn is that I don’t always notice when I’m BEING like Christ (the more I surrender and let Him sanctify my heart, the more my focus grows away from me and on to Him). But, when I’m NOT BEING like Him I absolutely know it, and when I’m NOT BEING like Him I can pretty easily and accurately assess my health in regard to worship.
Because I see this in my own life and have much conviction about it, I want to challenge us all to “judge for ourselves” how healthy our worship is in regard to one particular thing (though there are many):
Does my mouth share the faith my life is supposed to demonstrate?
I can’t tell you how many times at church on a Sunday someone will walk up and say, “Is the service great today? You guys ready? I’ve got neighbors (or friends or coworkers) coming to church for the first time and I want everything to be perfect!” Now, before you go there, this blog isn’t about us inviting people to a building. But it is about how - or if - we (I) share our (my) faith.
Our worship has to be intimately tied to us personally sharing the good news, the gospel. I don’t know how it can’t be. Isn’t it part of the fuel? Can one exist without the other?
Shouldn’t we be inviting people far from God into our lives?
Shouldn’t we be inviting people far from God to corporately worship with us?
All for the sake of the gospel.
If we aren’t, what does that mean about our worship?
If we are, what does that mean about our worship?
Imagine how this comes into play when we serve. When we gather on Sundays or Wednesdays. What happens to our corporate worship then?
Let’s become a team who is known first for being evangelists - second as artists.
Let’s become a team who pushes each other, with grace, to be better evangelists. It’ll make us better artists.
Let’s become a team who is known to each other for constantly - dare I say, annoyingly - sharing how God is using the gospel through us in the individual lives of others.
Let’s get healthy.
Our worship depends on it.
- Keri Lilley