Worship Part 9 – Worship is not a Fundraising Event
The church of Christ is not meant to make money to make other churches to become wealthy and others to remain poor. Church of Worship is a combination of believers and a building, but the church itself is our body the “temple of the Holy Spirit”, the body of Christ which is the group of people called or chosen by God to render honor and to glorify Him. The Holy Spirit which is within us made all this possible to worship the Father not to make money but to build foundation for the poor in spirit, to find the lost souls and to gather the lukewarm back to His rightful loaner.
Look what the world offers. The bank will not give us loans without interest and sometimes without collateral. These banks take advantage of those people who have bad credit by charging big interest, but God is not like the bank. Our borrowed body that house our soul has no interest but our conscience dictates that we should give something back in return without compulsion thru worship, fellowship and communication day in and day out. Worship by groups comes with preaching and teaching in a truthful, honorable and trustworthy observance of the holy gathering. With biblical atmosphere, the hearers of the Word of Truth will be equipped with the right tools and will be blessed with the Spirit of Obedience. Our teaching must be the Scriptures alone, the only means of truth. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
When we hear the Word of God being preached with gladness, we are hearing the true Word absorbed by our mind, by our soul and our heart which is the final place where the word resides in our body and where God looks and listen. For example, if the church gatherings are all talks, noise, and congregation is inattentive, such as some doing their nails, keep fixing their hair, some watching something in their smart phone, some doing texting and some talking to each other. These actions were personally observed by myself while service was ongoing. This was not worship at all as it became a place not exactly but almost the same concept what Jesus experience when He visited the temple, instead of seeing people worshipping He saw people selling doves, oxen and sheep and gamblers, it looks like a market wasn’t it?
If the church leadership will not have control, it drives the worship service out of focus and the Word of God is being put aside. If only few are listening while the Word of God is being preached and distractions come to play - who are being put to shame? Would it be better that they stay home? Or some church authorities have to stop them? There are many ways to fix it and do not be afraid that we will lose them. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.”-Philippians 4:8-9. Gently alert them of the distractions and let the Holy Spirit take over and prick their heart to obey. We should not forget that the Holy Spirit works without delay. We can ask everything and you will find the answers right there in the Holy Book- the Bible.
As we obey the ways of true worship, let us worship with passion to God and compassion to human is also needed. The modern worship is not like what they do decades ago, like the long and tedious litany and repetitive prayers. The faithful believers at that time just kept the way of worship to themselves and were afraid that God will be angry if they will bring what they feel to the church authorities or the church leaders itself might get upset at them. As new generations come and go, changes have been made slowly like from long hours of mass or service which was reduced to one hour and that includes everything.
Worship should not be deemed boring. It should be dealt with respect and honor or the worship is void and without effect and it becomes a lifeless observance of the holy day which we should claim alive for the Holy Spirit that is within us. Let us rejoice and gladly praise God our Creator our Father and show Him how grateful we are to be His children and greatly thankful to all of His bountiful blessings that only a loving Father can give to His children. What more do we need when we have it all. We have Him who is all in all for that reason alone we have to be thankful.
We became from nothing to something to everything from the essence that God has, which makes a thing a thing, God which can make the impossible possible.
To you Father we thank you for being a part of our everything. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,”—Hebrews 12:28. (NIV)