“I think songs will get old and sermons will be forgotten but we will always remember the presence of God in the moments we’ve had an encounter with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the room. Yes, songs are great and sermons are powerful but ultimately there is nothing like the Holy Spirit.”
Wow. This quote is an “AMEN” quote if you know what I mean! I heard it on 88.7the Cross this Sunday morning on my way to church. I love when God gives you those “pre-sermon” goodies! Ha!! But for real though. Sometimes we forget the reason we gather to hear “great songs” and “powerful sermons”.
I think today in this generation and society we focus on the “what” versus the “motive” and “focus”! We forget WHY we gather IN the church-as in the building. We also forget that WE ARE the church and the church is not JUST a building! Our lives should be on fire and proclaiming Christ to the broken all week-long and listening to what He is teaching to us, speaking in us, and showing us through others.
We, the church, should gather on Sunday’s to have COMMUNITY and worship together with fellow believers, invite the broken and lost to join in with us, and let God do the convicting. Number one: we are to give it to God and obey His call to invite, pour into, disciple, do life with people, and share with others what Christ has done in us; Two: only The Holy Spirit can convict, not us. God does the changing.
We are ALLOWED and should feel HONORED that Christ, a perfect, holy God who does NOT actually need us, chooses to use us. That to me in itself means more to me than if Christ’s only option was to use me. I have nothing to bring to the table but through Christ alone. I am so thankful that Christ chooses to use us because it shows His compassion and love towards a broken and split world. We have hope in Christ alone.
The quote listed above speaks volumes. May we never lose sight of our focus point. Sometimes we focus on Christ’s blessings such as; great, moving songs, inspirational testimonies, or powerful sermons. We cannot continue to change our focus on the details and blessings, versus being focused on the FOCAL POINT; Jesus Christ will be praised and have His way whether we acknowledge that fact or not, whether we choose to accept the call of being apart of it or not, and whether we draw near to the Holy Spirit or not.
“Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you.” James 4:8
“Keep our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:2