What Will You Receive This Sunday?
Did you know that you are the only one who determines what you receive from God during a church service? It’s not about the song selection for praise and worship, how funny the pastor is, how many examples used during the message, or if there is a ministry line you can join. It’s about you learning how to connect and receive from the Spirit during every segment of service.
For example, praise and worship isn’t a spectator sport. It’s not just an empty song service to get things warmed up or the main event. Worship connects hearts with the Lord. It’s something you are to engage in rather than just watch or enjoy. To the extent that you engage, you’ll receive light and illumination from the Lord. Engage with your heart, and you’ll want to start dancing, lifting your hands, and surrendering more to the Lord. It will begin to prepare you for what the Lord wants for your day—and no one else can engage your heart except you.
There are thousands of musical styles. Some like lights flashing and smoke everywhere; some prefer Lawrence Welk-style, “Oh thou, oh Lord. “ Because everyone has these preferences, it is impossible for a church to meet every single preference. The church’s job is to be led in what they do and provide an atmosphere for God to meet people. This may mean that some worship music will have a bent toward the younger generation. That’s okay. The younger generations represent the perpetuity of the church. We can’t get stuck in the mud to see the Lord move only as we’d like.
If you don’t connect with a particular style of music, remember that anyone can embrace lyrics. Make the lyrics your own proclamation of faith. Praise stills the enemy (Psalm 8:2). You can be in warfare up to your eyeballs, and when you engage in worship, you will connect with God.
Now, when the music stops, don’t disconnect and get ready to be entertained by the minister. The ministry of the Word isn’t about how funny the message is or how entertaining the stories are. In fact, the ministry of the Word isn’t about any man or woman. It’s about you expecting to hear from the Lord through the pulpit. That’s what God said will happen when you esteem the office highly.
As a pastor and teacher of the Word, I have nothing to offer without the anointing of God—and that’s what you pull from the office. God will speak to you through the office and bring the anointing to bear in your life. React and respond to that.
Keep engaged throughout the whole service, including during any time of ministry. Ministry is not time to watch and see if God does a miracle. It is an opportunity for us as the body of Christ to engage with those who need ministry. Power is exerted through the corporate anointing that won’t be exerted elsewhere.
So don’t let church become something that is religious, empty, and repetitive that causes you to grudgingly give up a few hours of your day. Go there believing God will show up and impact your life. If you do, surely, your expectation will be met.
…For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (Prov. 23:18).