Today we sang a song in worship and it started me thinking.
When we go to church, are we coming as worshipers or art critics?
We often hear people complain about the church.
- It’s too formal
- It’s too informal
- The preaching is too long
- The preaching is not long enough
- They are too many hypocrites
- It does not meet my needs
- They only sing old hymns
- They never sing old hymns
On and on it goes.
Now I know church is important for us as individuals. We need a place where we can find answers to our questions, where we can feel loved and accepted, where we can be challenged and encouraged.
Church should be a place that meets our needs.
But I wonder if we have become so focused on ourselves, we forget what true worship is supposed to be about.
This song reminds me:
It’s all about you, Jesus!
I’ll bring You more than a song for a song in itself is not what You have required You search much deeper within…
I recently became angry at my husband for what I perceived as displaying insensitive and rude behavior to me.
But then I was reminded by the Holy Spirit of my own actions earlier that week. They might have been perceived by him as being insensitive and rude behavior.
Thinking on my actions vs. his actions, I realized I often excuse my own behavior while not allowing any excuses for others.
Ways in which I sometimes justify my own behavior when compared to others.
- You are prejudiced/I have strong convictions
- You are being defensive/I am just setting the record straight
- You are stubborn/I stand firm for my principles
- You are refusing to listen/I am just stating my opinion
- You are yelling at me/I am just raising my voice to emphasize a point
- You are lazy/I am just exhausted
I must remember the words of Jesus when He said:
Don’t criticize people, and you will not be criticized. For you will be judged by the way you criticize others, and the measure you give will be the measure you receive.”