I was speaking, at a church this past Sunday, and two young men, with Down Syndrome came into the service, with big smiles on their faces, raising their hands during the worship service, dancing at the altar, not caring who was listening, or what was going to happen. Here’s my question for you today, why is it that they can do that, but yet, we can’t? We hesitate, to raise our hands, jump up and down on the most upbeat worship song that the team plays. At the altar call, we hesitate, to go up, because we are afraid of what others are going to say, will they talk, or gossip, that I just went up to the altar call, for such and such. You know what I say to that, So What, who gives a hoot, about what other people are saying about you, no matter whether it’s in the beginning, middle, or end of the service. Whats going to happen, when we get to heaven, and God asks us, why weren’t you worshiping me, during the church services, are you going to say, well God, I was afraid of what others were going to say about me.
Why is it that, two young men, can worship openly, and honestly, yet we sit in our seats, with our arms crossed, mouths closed, eye’s looking around, rolling our eyes thinking to ourselves, they are doing this song again. We all do it, I have done it even myself, why don’t the next time we go into a church service, and they begin worship, we go in wanting to receive more of God, and less of us. Also why don’t we also show up on time for the worship service. I have been to many church services, when I travel, and most of the time, people come in late. We are able to go to a sports event, out to dinner, get home on time for date night, but we can’t get to church on time.
John 4:21-24 21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Luke 19: 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Lets worship God today, and let nothing stop us.