If you’re reading this you’re probably an “Enthusiast” who is looking to experience God in a greater way next Sunday during our corporate worship service (if the word “Enthusiast” is meaningless to you check out this weeks message at northstar.cc/resources )
Here’s some words of wisdom from our Northstar Art’s Pastor, Lee Baker:
Most of us come to church empty expecting to be filled, but have you ever come filled expecting to overflow?
Lately my wife and I have been preparing like crazy for the arrival of our baby girl in less than a month. Preparation has been key for us. We’ve been preparing her room, preparing London (our 3yr old) for the changes, and preparing ourselves for the massive change of adding another member to the family.
I’m a big planner/preparer. I set my coffee maker each night for the next day, pick out what I’m going to wear, and usually what I’m going to have for lunch the next day. (I know… nerd…) We all prepare for things. Things like retirement by saving or an occupation through education. But have you ever prepared to come to church?
Most of us come to church empty expecting to be filled, but have you ever come filled expecting to overflow? There are a few things that I want to explore to help us all come ready, overflowing, and with an expectancy to worship a great God and watch Him do great things this Sunday.
Prepare for Worship ///
This week spend time with God. I know it sounds simple, but if each day we’re spending time in the scriptures, prayer, and serving others we tend to stay filled with God instead of depleting ourselves and then expecting Sunday to be our injection of Holy mojo to get us through the week. God wants to be the center of our entire lives. Romans 12:1 says “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.”We need to be glorifying God in everything we do. Also, pray specifically asking God to prepare your heart to worship Him together with your church family this week as well.
Caring for Others ///
Each week to prepare my heart for worship I pray through our church prayer list. It’s really something to see the tragedy, triumphs, and trials that people are experiencing within our body of believers. As a worshipper I want to be aware of what’s going on in our congregation as I worship. I want to worship God because He heals, saves, restores, rescues, comforts, etc… and praise Him for the evidence of those things in our congregation. We worship God for His glory, but as we worship God together we unite, bear each others burdens, and support each other as Christ-followers. Ephesians 5:19-20 says “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”Speak to ONE ANOTHER… Pray for the other people in our congregation who are hurting, struggling, or experiencing joy in their lives. Just take a few moments and check your friends status updates on Facebook. I’m sure there are plenty of things you’ll find to pray for.
Because of Jesus ///
Remember that we worship only because of the grace of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. It’s so easy to make worship about us. We say things like, “I wish the band was playing my favorite song” or “I wish so and so was teaching this week” or “I can’t hear the vocals”. We think that worship is about our experience and the feel good feeling we get in the midst of all sometimes. But worship is about one thing… Glorifying Jesus. We sing, pray, agree, learn, and live for the glory of Christ. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”Pray and ask God to remind you that worship is about Him and no matter the songs, volume, message, etc… ask God to focus your heart humbly on Him alone.
I hope wherever you worship this week you’ll prepare your heart to overflow, that you’ll come to encourage and celebrate with other people, and that you’ll come for the glory of Christ alone. I just got out of rehearsal and I can’t wait to worship this Sunday at Northstar with my friends and family. To God be the glory forever and ever.