How “Crazy” is Your Church’s Worship?
The other day I was talking to a pastor and he told me, “We worship, but we don’t get out of control.” Ok, now hear my heart on this… I’ve been in the “worship game” long enough to know exactly what this is code for…and I won’t water it down for you…
What he’s trying to tell me is that his churches worship sucks.
Too often we make excuses for our worship and say, “well, we just don’t get out of control. Those other people are crazy and outrageous.”
Now I could go off all day about how love not demonstrated is not love at all, how our God wants us out of our comfort zone, or how I can’t help but dance and get crazy because of all my God has done for me, but I have a very specific point that I want to make today.
One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 5:13:
If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
This verse says everything I would want to say on this subject better than I ever could.
If I am “out of my mind” or “out of control” or I could even say “crazy,” it is for my God. Not for you! So say what you want. My worship is between me and my Father. I’ll get “in my right mind” when it’s time to talk to you, but right now it’s time for me to get a little crazy for my God.
Going back to the “We worship, but we don’t get out of control” statement, my response is; I’m sorry, but I gave up control a long time ago when I started following Jesus. As Christians, God is in control. We mess up his church when we try and take control and do things our way.
I encourage you to give up a little control to God and even get a little “out of your mind” for Him today. He showed us a crazy undignified love when he died on the cross for us. And He deserves nothing less from us.
One Final Thought:
Many seem to argue and justify their lack of worship with 1 Corinthians 14:40:
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
This verse seems to contradict what I have been saying, right?
However, it is important to note that when Paul said this, he was talking about the gifts of the spirit. He’s saying that there is a structure and hierarchy to the gifts that God has given us. They are used for the edification of the body when they are used as God intended them.
This is common sense when you see what Paul was saying in correct context. It could be very chaotic if everyone in he church was just shooting off their gifts at the same time. It wouldn’t benefit anyone. Paul was not talking about worship.
So many churches are so scared of not being “fitting and orderly” and they have become so far on the opposite side of what God intended church to be. We’ve sacrificed things like the worship and the gifts of the spirit to become “fitting and orderly” …or dare I say it, seeker friendly (that’s whole different post in it’s own). We’ve become scared of things that aren’t in our control.
It’s time we loose ourselves in God a little bit…maybe not even a little bit, but a lot! We’ll touch on being “fitting and orderly” when we get there. But trust me, we aren’t even close to being there.
So be a little crazy and out of your mind for God. Dance, jump, sing, shout, lift your hands, fall on your knees, create some other “crazy” way to worship Him! Fall so deeply in love with the Savior that you can’t help but be out of your mind for him!
Worship is something that I am ver passionate about and I would love for us to talk about it! Share below in the comments!